Dr Titilayo Adebola

Dr Titilayo Adebola


Dr Titilayo Adebola
Dr Titilayo Adebola

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Dr Titilayo Adebola joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in September 2018. She is affiliated with three of the School's research centres: Centre for Commercial Law, Centre for Energy Law and Centre for Constitutional and Public International Law. She is the Theme Coordinator for Intellectual Property Law. She coordinates and teaches varied Intellectual Property Law and International Economic Law courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Before joining the School of Law, Dr Adebola was a tutor at the University of Warwick, from 2016 to 2018, where she taught on the Global Intellectual Property Law and Policy course. She has practised law in Nigeria, where she is called to the Bar with dual qualifications as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Professional Affiliations

  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Society of International Economic Law
  • International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property


  • PhD. University of Warwick, 2018
  • LLM. University of Warwick, 2012
  • BL. Nigerian Law School, 2010
  • LLB. Olabisi Onabanjo University, 2009
  • Others include:
  • AFHEA. Higher Education Academy, 2017
  • GradICSAN. Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, 2013

 Blogs: Flora IP. Afronomicslaw. CLRNN. Twitter: @Titi_Adebola @flora_ip


Research Interests

Dr Adebola is broadly interested in International Economic Law, particularly Intellectual Property Rights around food and agriculture.  

Her interdisciplinary research investigates the cultural, economic, philosophical, political and social complexities that shape intellectual property rights around food and agriculture at the local, national, regional and international levels. Accordingly, she combines empirical, doctrinal, historical and theoretical analysis in her scholarship. As a whole, she seeks to understand and explain how the evolving intellectual property regime complexes can contribute to social and economic development while enhancing everyday life. 

Dr Adebola has presented her research at prestigious institutions around the world including the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Warwick, National University of Singapore, Tilburg University and York University. From 21 to 26 January 2019, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. 

She has participated in high-level meetings or completed courses at institutions relevant to her research interests including the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the World Trade Organisation, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants as well as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. 

PhD Supervision

Dr Adebola welcomes considered PhD supervision enquiries on topics relating to her research interests.

Current Research

  • International Intellectual Property Law and Policy
  • Plant Variety Protection: Plant Breeder's Rights; Farmers' Rights; Access and Benefit Sharing
  • Geographical Indications 

Teaching Responsibilities

  • LS553C World Trade Organisation: Applied Issues
  • LS5595 Commercialising Innovation and Law
  • LS451K Copyright and Allied Rights
  • LS3032 Commercial and Consumer Contracts
  • LS2525 Commercial Organisations and Insolvency
  • LS1026 Case Studies on Law in Society
Further Info

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

Adebola T, 'Small Holder Farmers and Intellectual Property Rights.' Regional Consultation Workshop, The Future UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Agricultural Land Investments Contracts (ALIC), Strathmore University (October 2019).

Adebola T,  ‘Intellectual Property Rights for Plant Varieties: Must Nigeria's Path Lead to UPOV?'Commercial Law Research Network Nigeria (CLRNN), University of Reading (September 2019).

Adebola T, 'Geographical Indications in Africa: A Magic Wand for Socio-Economic Development?' Guest Talk, International Law Society and Intellectual Property Society, Loyola University Chicago (August 2019).

Adebola T, 'Local Places in Global Spaces: Struggles over Geographical Indications and Suggestions for Reforms.' 38th Congress, International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, Vanderbilt University (August 2019).

Adebola T, 'The Socio-Economics of Geographical Indications in Africa: Policies, Practices and Potentials.' African International Economic Law Conference, Strathmore University (July 2019).

Adebola T, 'Variations in Intellectual Property Governance in Africa: Attempts at Harmonisation.' Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds (April 2019).

Adebola T, 'The Evolving International Intellectual Property Regimes for Plant Varieties: Actors, Institutions and Narratives.' International Law in the Global South Research Seminar Series, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada (January 2019).

Adebola T, ‘The Regime Complex for Plant Biological and Genetic Resources: Contestations, Discontents and Contemplations.’ Third World Approaches to International Law Conference, National University of Singapore (July 2018).

Adebola T, ‘Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Access-Benefit Sharing Frameworks for Plant Biological and Genetic Resources in Nigeria.’ WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property, Geneva (June 2018).

Adebola T, ‘Rethinking Plant Variety Protection in the Global South: Nigeria’s Odyssey in Focus.’ Centre for Socio-Legal Studies ‘Law in Context’ Early Career Workshop, University of Oxford (June 2017).

Adebola T, ‘Towards the Construction of a Plant Variety Protection System in Nigeria: A TWAIL Project.’ Society of International Economic Law Postgraduate/Early Career Conference, Tilburg University (April 2017).

Adebola T, ‘Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights for Seeds in the Global South.’ Cambridge Conference on Global Food Security, University of Cambridge (June 2016).

Adebola T, ‘What you Sow, You Reap: The Political Economy of Plant Variety Protection.’ Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster University (April 2016).

Adebola T, ‘From Traditional Farming to Commercial Plant Breeding: The Extension of Intellectual Property Rights to Plant Genetic Resources.’ ICCL Postgraduate Conference, Durham University (June 2015).

Adebola T, ‘Implementing Obligations under Article 27.3(b) of TRIPS in the Global South.’ Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Warwick (April 2015).

Selected Media Contributions

Adebola T, 'A five-point plan to make Buhari’s council on food security a success.' The Conversation (25 April 2018). 

Adebola T, 'Flora IP.'

Adebola T, 'Afronomicslaw.'