Ruth L. Okediji

Professor Ruth L. Okediji is the William L. Prosser Professor of Law and a McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches contracts, international intellectual property (IP), copyright, trademarks, and IP and development. Okediji is a foremost expert on international IP law and international economic regulation. Before joining the Law School in 2003, she was the Edith Gaylord Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and she served on the Oklahoma Public Employee Relations Board at the appointment of Gov. Frank Keating. She has been a visiting professor at Duke University School of Law, the University of Haifa Law School, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and the University of Tilburg Law School; she has held visiting research positions at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Patent, Copyright, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law in Munich, Germany. From 2015 to 2016, she was the Hieken Visiting Professor in Patent Law at Harvard Law School. Okediji’s scholarship focuses on issues of innovation policy, economic development, and global knowledge governance in the context of international institutions and public international law. Professor Okediji has served as a policy advisor on the impact of IP protection on development goals for many governments and inter-governmental organizations. She also has been a consultant for the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, the U.N. Development Program, and the World Intellectual Property Organization and has directed research and technical assistance projects in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. In 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Okediji to the High Level Panel on Access to Medicines. Professor Okediji will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured professor and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center in July 2017.

Ruth L. Okediji