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Docent, Laws


Areas of expertise

International and European intellectual property law
patents and pharmaceuticals
intellectual property and development
intellectual property law in Africa
Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL).


Daniel Acquah is a Research Fellow at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS). Until 2021, he was also a Research Associate at the Brussels School of Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He has master’s degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Glasgow Graduate School of Law), in Law (UTU), and double doctoral degrees in Law (UTU and VUB). Daniel has spent research periods at leading intellectual property and EU law research sites such as the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg, France, and the Brussels School of Governance. Since 2013, he has been a guest lecturer in intellectual property law at universities in Finland and abroad, including the University of Eastern Finland, the Hanken School of Economics, VUB, and the University of Szeged, Hungary. Daniel is a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars and has published in respected international and European intellectual property law journals and edited book volumes.


Daniel's teaching is informed by his research. He teaches the course “Simulating International Intellectual Property Treaty Negotiation (TLS_0090)” and “Intellectual Property, Trade, and Development (TLS_0081).”


Broadly, my research interests lie in the areas of European and international intellectual property law and policy, intellectual property and development issues, TWAIL (colonialism, decolonization, postcolonialism, empire and intellectual property), and issues of global justice (such as vaccine nationalism and diplomacy). Daniel has collaborated on many Academy of Finland projects, including the eCoherence project (2013-2016), the TranSip project (2013-2016), the Constitutional Hedges of Intellectual Property project (2016-2020), and the Digital Disruption of Industry project funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland (2015-2021). His current research focuses on the central role of technical assistance in the constitutionalization of intellectual property norms in Africa.


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