Chidi Oguamanam




 Intellectual Property in Global Governance(London/New York: Routledge, 2011) Find here

International Law and Indigenous Knowledge: Intellectual Property, Plant Biodiversity and Traditional Medicine (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006) Find here

Book Chapters

“Biodiversity Conservation in the Corpus of International Environmental Law” in Tareq M. Chowhury, ed., International Environmental Law: An Anthology (Dhaka: Asia Publications, forthcoming in 2011).

“Documentation and Digitization of Traditional Knowledge and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Prospects” in Toshiyuki Kono, ed., Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property: Communities, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2009) 357-383

“Trademarks, Trade Names in Nigeria: The Momentum for Reform” in Developments and Reforms of Nigeria’s Commercial Laws. Fagbohun & Adewopo, eds., (Lagos: The Law Centre, Lagos State University, 1998) 60 

Journal Articles

Intellectual Property in Global Governance: A Venture in Critical Reflection (Forthcoming in Vol. 2 The WIPO Journal 2011)

Genetic Resources, Access and Benefits Sharing: Politics, Prospects and Opportunities for Canada After Nagoya (Forthcoming in Vol. 22 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 2011)

Intellectual Property Training and Education:A Development Perspective (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development Issue Paper No. 31, 2010) (co-author) (Full text)

Patents and Pharmaceutical R & D: Consolidating Private-Public Partnership Approach to Global Health Crises” (2010) 13:4 Journal of World Intellectual Property 556-580. (Full Text)

Canada: Time to Take Access and Benefit Sharing Over Genetic Resources Seriously (2010) 60 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 139-149.   

Beyond Theories: The Intellectual Property Dynamic in the Global Knowledge Economy (2009) 9 Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal 104-154.

Personalized Medicine and Complementary Alternative Medicine: In Search of Common Grounds (2009) 15(8) Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 943-949.

Patents and Traditional Medicine: Digital Capture, Creative Legal Interventions and the Dialectics of Knowledge Transformation (2008) 15 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 489-528

Local Knowledge as Trapped Knowledge: Intellectual Property, Culture, Power and Politics (2008) 11 Journal of World Intellectual Property 29-57.   

Tension on the Farm Fields: The Death of Traditional Agriculture? (2007) 27: 4 Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 260-273.  

Lawyers’ Professionalism, Colonialism, State Formation and National Life in Nigeria, 1900-1960: The Fighting Brigade of the People (co-authored with W. Wes Pue) (2007) 13:6  Social Identities 769-785.  

Agro-Biodiversity and Food Security: Biotechnology and Traditional Agricultural Practices at the Periphery of International Intellectual Property Regime Complex (2007) Michigan Sate Law Review 215-255.  

Regime Tension in the Intellectual Property Rights Arena: Farmers’ Rights and Post-TRIPS Counter Regime Trends (2006) 29 Dalhousie Law Journal 413-453.  

Intellectual Property Rights in Plant Genetic Resources: Farmers’ Rights and Food Security in Indigenous and Local Communities (2006) 11 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 273-305.  

From Rivalry to Rapprochement: Biomedicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Ethical Crossroads (2006) 18:3 HEC [HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum] 245-263.     

Biomedical Orthodoxy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ethical Challenges of Integrating Medical Cultures (2006) 12:6 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 557-581.  

Genetic Use Restriction (or Terminator) Technologies (GURTs) in Agricultural Biotechnology: The Limits of Technological Alternative to Intellectual Property (2005) 4:1 Canadian Journal of Law and Technology 59-76.(Full text

Protecting Indigenous Knowledge in International Law: Solidarity Beyond Nation State (2004) 8 Law Text Culture 191-230.  

Indigenous Peoples and International Law: The Making of a Regime (2004) 30:1 Queens Law Journal 348-399.  

Localizing of Intellectual Property Rights in the Globalization Epoch: The Integration of Indigenous Knowledge (2004) 11:2 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 135-169.  

The Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Towards a Cross-Cultural Dialogue on Intellectual Property Rights (2004) 15:1 Australian Intellectual Property Law Journal 34-59.

Between Reality and Rhetoric: The Epistemic Schism in the Recognition of Traditional Medicine in International Law (2003) 16:1 St. Thomas Law Review 59-108  

The Convention on Biological Diversity and Intellectual Property Rights: The Challenge of Indigenous Knowledge (2003) 7 Southern Cross University Law Review 89-141  

The Nigerian Trademark Regime and the Challenges of Economic Development -International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright (1999) 30:6 632-653 (co-author)

Trademarks in Nigeria and the Challenges of TRIPs – Trademark Yearbook (Euromoney Publications, 1996) 38 (co-author)  

Combating Product Counterfeiters in Nigeria – Trademark Yearbook (Euromoney Publications, 1997), 38 (co-author)  

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 I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and affiliated with the Centre for Technology, Law and Society. My research interests are in the areas of global knowledge governance in general, especially as manifested in the dynamics of intellectual property and technology law with emphasis on biodiversity, biotechnology, including agricultural biotechnology and the interactions of modern technologies with the knowledge systems of the world's indigenous and local communities.  More details...



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