Dr Titilayo Adebola

Dr Titilayo Adebola


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Dr Titilayo Adebola
Dr Titilayo Adebola

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Dr Titilayo Adebola is the Theme Coordinator for Intellectual Property Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen (UoA) School of Law. An interdisciplinary scholar in international intellectual property law and international economic law with specialist interests in food, agriculture, environment, technology and health, Dr Adebola has delivered lectures in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Dr Adebola is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and an Observer in the Ad-Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Caribbean Law Review as well as the Executive Teams of the African International Economic Law Network and Commercial Law Research Network Nigeria.

Dr Adebola is an Editor on Afronomicslaw.org, the leading resource on international economic law as it relates to Africa and the Global South, a Collaborator on Open AIR African Innovation Research, a network committed to uncovering new insights about access to knowledge and the Founding Editor of Flora IP, an innovative resource on food, agriculture and intellectual property.

Before joining the UoA, Dr Adebola taught at the University of Warwick. She also worked with foremost law firms in Lagos and London. She is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Dr Adebola is currently writing a monograph entitled Plant Variety Protection: Global Regimes, Domestic Realities (Oxford University Press 2022). 


  • PhD. University of Warwick
  • LLM. University of Warwick
  • BL. Nigerian Law School
  • LLB. Olabisi Onabanjo University

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Theme Coordinator, Intellectual Property Law
  • Associate Director, Centre for Commercial Law
  • Member, Centre for Energy Law
  • Monitoring and Retention Coordinator
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead
  • Member, Athena SWAN Committee
  • Member, PGT Policy Committee
  • Member, REF Environment Team
  • Personal Tutor
  • Open AIR
  • The IEL Collective
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Society of International Economic Law
  • Commercial Law Research Network Nigeria
  • African international Economic Law Network
  • International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

Research Areas

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Research Overview

Dr Adebola's interdisciplinary research employs critical, contextual, empirical and theoretical tools to study her specialist interests in international intellectual property law and international economic law including food, agriculture, environment, technology and health. Her research often centres the power of law to effect social, economic and political changes, especially for marginalised constituencies. 

Dr Adebola has participated in high-level meetings or completed courses at institutions relevant to her specialist interests including the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the World Trade Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, from 21 to 26 January 2019.

Dr Adebola welcomes considered PhD proposals from applicants with interests in her research specialisations.

Current Research

  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Geographical Indications
  • Plant Variety Protection
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Health and Medicines
  • Food and Agriculture Law


My current supervision areas are: Law.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • LS553J Food Law
  • LS553C World Trade Organisation: Applied Issues
  • LS502L International Intellectual Property
  • LS502P Copyright and Patents
  • LS451K Copyright and Allied Rights
  • LS2031 The Law of Property
  • LS1026 Case Studies on Law in Society


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  • Afronomicslaw Indaba 4: Featuring Mr. Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on Right to Food

    Adebola, T.

    Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products

  • Paul Kuruk, Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Customary Law and Intellectual Property: A Global Primer

    Adebola, T.

    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 141-143

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Mapping Africa‚Äôs Complex Regimes: Towards an African Centred AfCFTA Intellectual Property, (IP), Protocol

    Adebola, T.

    African Journal of International Economic Law, vol. 1, pp. 233-290

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Patent Games in the Global South: Pharmaceutical Patent Law-Making in Brazil, India and Nigeria

    Adebola, T.

    Journal of International Economic Law, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 1041-1047

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Farmers Rights and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

    Adebola, T.

    Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products

  • Farmers Rights in the International Legal Architecture for Food and Agriculture

    Adebola, T.

    Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products

  • World Environment Day 2020: A Brief Reflection on International Economic and International Environmental Law from a TWAIL/Global South Perspective

    Gathii, J., Adebola, T.


    Other Contributions: Other Contributions

  • International Economic Law in the Global South and COVID-19

    Gathii, J., Akinkugbe, O., Adebola, T., Mapefane, N., Omiunu, O.

    . 11 pages.

    Other Contributions: Other Contributions

  • Africa and Intellectual Property Rights for Plant Varieties

    Adebola, T.

    New York: Oxford University Press (OUP) (Annotated Bibliography, Encyclopedia).

    Other Contributions: Other Contributions

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