Jeremy de Beer is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) and a full professor of law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he creates and shapes ideas about technology innovation and intellectual property, as well as global trade and development. An award-winning professor recognized for exceptional contributions to research and law teaching, Jeremy helps solve practical challenges related to innovation in the digital economy, life sciences industries and clean technology sector. He is also an author or editor of five books, including the most recent title, Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa, and has published more than 30 peer-reviewed chapters and articles.

At CIGI, Jeremy leads a research project on the rise of trade regionalism and its implications for Canada’s innovation and intellectual property strategy. This includes assessing the implications for intellectual property-related aspects of plurilateral, regional and mega-regional negotiations in the Asia-Pacific, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. This research project will yield insights needed to prepare a medium-term strategy for Canada to deal with the rise of regionalism in the areas of innovation policy and international intellectual property law.

Jeremy has a history of successfully leading international projects. He is the co-founder and director of the Open African Innovation Research Network and co-led the Trade Environment Technology Exchange, which worked with the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement negotiators to help Canadian and EU governments achieve greater understanding and convergence of policy measures.

As a practising lawyer and expert consultant, Jeremy has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, advised businesses and law firms, and consulted for agencies ranging from national governments to the United Nations. Jeremy holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan, and a B.C.L. from the University of Oxford.

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  1. Jeremy de Beer 2014 Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa