Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI. His research at CIGI focuses on the impacts of emerging technology such as artificial intelligence and big data on intellectual property (IP) norms; IP provisions in preferential trade agreements; and the intersection between IP and clean technology innovation. Bassem teaches in the Faculty of Law, Western University. He also works as a head tutor and professor at the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation at the World Trade Organization. He has served for several years as a judge at appeals courts in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.