Daniel Opoku Acquah

Postdoctoral Researcher, LL.D.

Faculty of Law
20014 University of Turku

Phone: +358 29 450 4404, +358 50 309 5817





Daniel Acquah is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Turku. He has master’s degrees in criminology and in law and (double) doctoral degrees in law. His research interest and teaching focuses on international and European intellectual property law and policy, pharmaceuticals, world trade law, post colonialism and development.

Acquah collaborates on the Constitutional Hedges of Intellectual Property project funded by the Academy of Finland and the Digital Disruption of Industry project funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland. He has previously also collaborated on the eCoherence project funded by the Academy of Finland.

He has spent research periods at leading international intellectual property law and European Union law research sites such as the Centre for Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) and the Institute for European Studies (IES). He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars.  In April 2013, he was an Erasmus visiting scholar at the University of Szeged, Hungary, where he taught on the comparative law course. Since spring 2015, he is a visiting lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland. In 2016, he was invited to teach international intellectual property law at the IES and at the Hanken School of Economics. Acquah supervises and co-supervise masters and bachelor students working on topics linked to his research interest.

Responsible teacher: Foundations of International and European Intellectual Property Law .
Teacher: Advanced Studies in Law and Information Society.


Daniel Acquah, ‘CJEU invokes ERTA principle to assert EU competence to ratify Marrakesh Treaty’, 12 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 7, OUP (2017), pp. 548-550, (published online).

Daniel Acquah, ‘Intellectual property, developing countries and the law and policy of the European Union: Towards postcolonial control of development’, (IPR University Center, 2017), pp. 1-224.

Daniel Acquah, ‘The CJEU broadens the scope of European SPCs, but shortens validity of its duration in certain Member States’, 12 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 4, OUP, (2017), pp. 263-264.

Daniel Acquah and Kan He, ‘Implementation of border measures in Europe and China’ in Nari Lee, Niklas Bruun and Mingde Li (eds), Governance of Intellectual Property Rights in China and Europe (Edward Elgar Publishers, 2016).

Daniel Acquah, ‘Trends on the implementation of the EU Customs Regulation: for better or for worse?’, 10 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 10, OUP, (2015), pp. 775-784.
*Re-published in Issue 10 of GRUR International (2015) as editor’s choice of excellent article.

Daniel Acquah, ‘Balancing or lobbying? On access to medicines, border measures and the European Parliament’s amendments to the proposed EU Trademark Rules’, 19 Journal of Intellectual Property Rights 6 (2014), pp. 404-412.

Daniel Acquah, ‘Extending the limits of protection of pharmaceutical patents and data outside the EU: Is there a need to rebalance?’, 45 International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 3 – IIC (2014), pp. 256-286.

Daniel Acquah, ‘Developments in the EU external IP and trade competence up to Lisbon: New wine in old wine bottles?’, 5 Nordiskt immateriellt Rättskydd, NIR (2011), pp. 423-443.