Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property (IP) 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 management of intellectual property rights; the intersection between intellectual property rights and environmentally rational technology innovation; and IP as it relates to disruptive technologies such as Artificial intelligence and big data. 

A specialist in 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, IP rights in preferential trade agreements, and the management 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 (ATRIP) and the Editorial International Committee of Revue “Cahiers de Propriété Intellectuelle.”

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