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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Introducing Guest Blogger J. Janewa OseiTutu

The Health Law Prof blogging team would like to welcome our guest blogger for the month of August, J. Janewa OseiTutu. Here is a short bio:  

Jan OseiTutu J. Janewa OseiTutu is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and an attorney with the Department of Justice in Ottawa where she provides legal advice to the equivalent of the Department of Commerce.  She had advised on legal issues relating to copyright, trademark, and patent law, policy and procedure as well as on legal issues relating to patented medicines and infringement. In addition, Ms. OseiTutu has expertise on geographical indications, traditional knowledge, genetic resources, and has advised on submissions to the World Intellectual Property Organization, been a delegate to the World Trade Organization TRIPS Council, and member of negotiating team in bilateral trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union. From 2009-2011, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she taught International Intellectual Property, International Trade and Estates & Trusts. Prior to that she clerked for the Hon. Judge Emile Short, and the Judges of Trial Chamber II at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania.

Ms. OseiTutu holds an LL.M. (Distinction) in International and Comparative Law from McGill University, with a focus on trade-related intellectual property. She has a J.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, and a B.A (Hons.) from the University of Toronto. Her scholarship intersects intellectual property law, intangible cultural property, trade law, and international development.  She has published articles on intellectual property, bio-piracy and traditional knowledge. Ms. OseiTutu’s recent article, Value Divergence in Global Intellectual Property Law (forthcoming Indiana L.J. 2012), considers the influence of societal values, including values regarding healthcare and education, on domestic views about the appropriate role of intellectual property law in society.

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