Dr Titilayo Adebola

Dr Titilayo Adebola
Dr Titilayo Adebola
Dr Titilayo Adebola

LLB, BL, LLM, PhD, Barrister and Solicitor [Nigeria], GradICSAN, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272423
Office Address

Room C47, Taylor Building

School of Law


Dr Titilayo Adebola is the Theme Coordinator for International Intellectual Property and Information Law and Director of the Centre for Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen (UoA) School of Law. She is an interdisciplinary scholar in international economic law and international intellectual property law with specialist interests in food, agriculture, environment, entertainment/creative industries, new/emerging technologies and health. Dr Adebola has advised intergovernmental organisations, regional institutions, national governments and private sector actors on matters related to her specialisations. She has conducted research, delivered lectured and organised events in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Dr Adebola is the President of the African International Economic Law Network and a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. She is the Founding Editor of Flora IP as well as an Editor on Afronomicslaw.org and the Journal of International Economic Law.  Dr Adebola is also a Collaborator on Open AIR African Innovation Research, a network committed to uncovering new insights about access to knowledge. 

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 and a Chartered Secretary and Administrator.

In addition to publishing high-quality articles, book chapters, book reviews, encyclopedia entries, interviews, reports, digital/visual tools and an edited book, Dr Adebola is currently writing a monograph entitled Plant Variety Protection: Global Regimes, Domestic Realities (Oxford University Press). 


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

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Theme Coordinator, International Intellectual Property and Information Law
  • Academic Line Manager
  • Director, Centre for Commercial Law
  • Member, Centre for Energy Law
  • Member, Athena SWAN Committee
  • Member, PGT Policy Committee
  • Member, REF Environment Team
  • Personal Tutor

Past Leadership Positions

  • Monitoring and Retention Coordinator
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead
  • Race Equality Champion 
External Memberships
  • Flora IP
  • Open AIR
  • Afronomicslaw
  • The IEL Collective
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Society of International Economic Law
  • Commercial Law Research Network Nigeria
  • African international Economic Law Network
  • American Society of International Law
  • International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property
  • External Examiner, University of Essex
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Observer, Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers Rights (2018-2020)
  • Member All European Academics Task Force on Intellectual Property Systems for New Genomic Techniques (2022-2024)

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.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Current Research

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

Teaching Responsibilities

  • LS553C World Trade Organisation: Applied Issues
  • LS502L International Intellectual Property
  • LS553Y International Food Law
  • LS502P Copyright and Patents
  • LS451K Copyright and Allied Rights
  • LS2031 The Law of Property

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Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

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