Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Bassem provides strategic guidance and operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, he was CIGI research fellow from September 2014 to January 2016.
At CIGI, his research focuses on the current debate in the international trading system regarding intellectual property rights and climate change technology innovation; the possible impact of patent laws on access to environmentally rational technology in Canada; the legal framework for Eco-Patent Commons; and best practices policy regulation for environmental and climate change technology innovation in Canada.
A specialist in intellectual property (IP) law, Bassem has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt. He also works as a head tutor and professor at the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and as an instructor with the Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation at the World Trade Organization. He teaches advanced courses on intellectual property rights at the Faculty of Law, Western University. He has also been working for several years as a consultant for the African Union and as a counselor at the Judicial Department of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on IP topics.
Bassem holds Ph.D. and LL.M degrees in intellectual property from the University of Montpellier in France, and an LL.M in international business law from L'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research interests include copyright law, patent law, comparative IP and IP governance. He has published several papers on copyright and access to knowledge, patents and green energy technology innovation, biotechnology and IP, patents and access to medicines, IP and consumer protection, IP in the digital environment and enforcement of IP rights.
Bassem is a frequent speaker at international and regional forums on IP topics. He is a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property and the Editorial International Committee of Revue “Cahiers de Propriété Intellectuelle.”