Dr Titilayo Adebola

Dr Titilayo Adebola
Dr Titilayo Adebola
Dr Titilayo Adebola

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


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 Intellectual Property Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen (UoA) School of Law. As 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. She serves on the Executive Teams of the African International Economic Law Network and Commercial Law Research Network Nigeria. She is also 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). 


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

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • 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
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
  • 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)

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

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I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

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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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  • The legal construction of geographical indications in Africa

    Adebola, T.
    The Journal of World Intellectual Property, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 3-29
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Consultation Response to the UK Government’s Policy Proposals on AI Regulation: A Pro-Innovation Approach

    Zivkovic, P., Carey, L., Cserne, P., Lombardi, C., Poesen, M., Sripada, S., Sutherland, C., Taylor, R., Le, X. T., Adebola, T. (ed.)
    University of Aberdeen: School of Law.
    Other Contributions: Other Contributions
  • Access and Benefit Sharing and Digital Sequence Information in Africa: A Critical Analysis of Contemporary Concerns in Regional Governance

    Adebola, T., Manzella, D.
    Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources, Information and Traditional Knowledge. Lawson, C., Rourke, M., Humphries, F. (eds.). 1 edition. Taylor and Francis, pp. 154-175, 22 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Geographical indications in the era of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

    Adebola, T.
    Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 748–760
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Response to European Commission Consultation on an Initiative on Sustainable Corporate Governance

    Paterson, J., Brown, A., Alvarez, G., Yuksel Ripley, B., Adebola, T., Gilmore-Maurer, M., Sukhanov, I.
    . 28 pages.
    Other Contributions: Other Contributions
  • Afronomicslaw Indaba 4: Featuring Mr. Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on Right to Food

    Adebola, T.
    Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
  • Intellectual Property Rights

    Adebola, T.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
  • 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’s 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
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Other Contributions