Ruth L. Okediji


Ruth L. Okediji

Ruth L. Okediji

Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith. Jr, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University.

She is also a Director of the Global Access in Action (GAiA) Program at Harvard where she focuses on intellectual property (IP) law reform and public health in sub-Saharan Africa. She teaches courses in contracts, patents, copyright, Law and Development, and Biblical Law.

A renowned scholar in international IP law, international trade and the digital economy, Professor Okediji has advised inter-governmental organizations, regional economic communities, and national governments on a range of matters related to technology, innovation policy, and economic development. Her widely cited research and scholarship on IP and development has influenced government policies on patent law and access to pharmaceutical products in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America.

She works closely with several United Nations agencies, research centers, and international organizations on the human development effects of international IP policy, including access to knowledge, access to essential medicines, innovation in Africa, and issues related to competition law and indigenous innovation systems.

Professor Okediji is an editor of the Journal of World Intellectual Property Law and an elected member of the American Law Institute.  She is a recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and mentoring, including the 2017 and 2018 recipient of the “Shatter the Ceiling” Award at Harvard Law School and the 2019 IP3 Award by Public Knowledge.  She has been recognized by Managing IP as one of the world’s 50 influential leaders in IP.

Professor Okediji is a graduate of the University of Jos and Harvard Law School.

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