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 the Theme Coordinator for Intellectual Property Law, Associate Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and a member of the Centre for Energy 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.

Dr Adebola is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, an Editor on Afronomicslaw.org, the leading blog on international economic law as it relates to Africa and the Global South, and an Editor of Flora IP, an innovative food, agriculture and intellectual property resource.

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Society of International Economic Law
  • African international Economic Law Network
  • 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


Afronomicslaw. CLRNNFlora IP. Twitter: @Titi_Adebola @flora_ip


Research Overview

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


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