Established in March 2017, the CIGI Traditional Knowledge Expert Group serves as a thought lab, comprised of leading academic and indigenous experts in this field. The expert group meets twice a year to discuss strategic guidance on CIGI’s current work on traditional knowledge and map out future directions.
At CIGI the Intellectual Property and the Governance of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Fostering Innovation and Improving Lives project seeks to establish a leading research hub offering policy analysis, technical assistance, capacity building and intellectual leadership for the governance of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions.
Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.
Christina Gray is a senior research associate with the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Freedom-Kai Phillips is a CIGI fellow who contributes to research on climate change, clean technology and sustainable development.
Jerome H. Reichman is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program and a member of the traditional knowledge expert working group. At CIGI, he is researching the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and its impact on science and industry in Canada and the United States. Jerome is the Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law at Duke Law School, where he writes and lectures on diverse aspects of intellectual property law, including comparative and international intellectual property law.
Margo A. Bagley is a CIGI senior fellow, where she serves as a member of the traditional knowledge expert working group.
Oluwatobiloba (Tobi) Moody is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, Tobi researches international law and governance pertaining to intellectual property with a specific focus on the protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources.
Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020.
In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.
Ruth Okediji is a CIGI senior fellow and chair of the expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources.