Daniel Opoku Acquah

Project Researcher, M.Sc. (Glasgow), LL.M Dip. (Turku), Doctoral Candidate

Faculty of Law
20014 University of Turku

Phone: +358 (0) 2 333 5831

Office hour Wed 13–14



Daniel Acquah is a doctoral researcher at the University of Turku and at the Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije University of Brussels.

He teaches and specializes in international and European intellectual property law. His research focuses on the contribution of the EU to international intellectual property rule-making at different levels (multilateral, bilateral and regional), and its implications on developing countries. Before joining the Faculty of Law as a researcher, he had previously studied at the University of Cape Coast (Ghana), the Glasgow Graduate School of Law (Scotland), and the Turku Law School. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars.  In April 2013, he was as 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 on the “Intellectual property rights and international trade” course at the University of Eastern Finland.

Daniel Acquah is also a member of the Constitutional Hedges of Intellectual Property (CONST-IP) project funded by the Academy of Finland.  

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’, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, OUP, (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.