Research Profile

Emmanuel Kolawole Oke

Biography

Emmanuel Oke is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University College Cork. He obtained his LLB from the University of Lagos in 2007. He further obtained a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from the National University of Singapore in 2011. Emmanuel is equally a qualified legal practitioner in Nigeria. He is interested in International Patent Law and Policy and he is particularly interested in how developing countries can optimally utilize patent laws to stimulate innovation and technological development. His PhD thesis seeks to examine how developing countries can effectively balance their patent laws to encourage innovation as well as address public health challenges. This will be done by using a comparative approach to highlight how different developing countries have adjusted their patent laws and come up with unique ways of balancing patent laws with public health concerns. In addition, the thesis seeks to examine avenues through which state actors (developing countries) and non-state actors (pharmaceutical companies) can collaborate and cooperate in addressing the public health issues that emanate from the enforcement of patent laws. The objective of the thesis is to come up with a patent law model for developing countries that complies with international trade obligations and equally contains appropriate safeguards for the health of the citizens. 

Research Interests

Intellectual Property Law; International Patent Law and Policy; Information Technology Law; Entertainment Law; Right to Health; Biotechnology Law

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2013)'TRIPS Defined Patents and Access to Medicines: Implications for Public Health in Developing Countries'
Emmanuel Kolawole Oke (2013) 'TRIPS Defined Patents and Access to Medicines: Implications for Public Health in Developing Countries' In: Epiphany Azinge & Helen Chuma-Okoro (eds). Intellectual Property and Developing Countries: Perspectives of African Countries. Abuja: Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)'Image Rights of Celebrities in the Digital Era: Is There a Need for the Right of Publicity in Ireland?'
Emmanuel Kolawole Oke (2014) 'Image Rights of Celebrities in the Digital Era: Is There a Need for the Right of Publicity in Ireland?'. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 4 (1):92-117 [Details]
(2013)'Incorporating a Right to Health Perspective into the Resolution of Patent Law Disputes'
Emmanuel Kolawole Oke (2013) 'Incorporating a Right to Health Perspective into the Resolution of Patent Law Disputes'. Health and Human Rights, 15 (2):97-109 [Details]
(2013)'Using the Right to Health to Enforce the Corporate Responsibilities of Pharmaceutical Companies with Regard to Access to Medicines'
Emmanuel Kolawole Oke (2013) 'Using the Right to Health to Enforce the Corporate Responsibilities of Pharmaceutical Companies with Regard to Access to Medicines'. 1 (1):1-15   [Details]
(2013)'South Africa: Aventis Pharma SA & Ors v. Cipla Life Sciences'
Emmanuel Kolawole Oke (2013) 'South Africa: Aventis Pharma SA & Ors v. Cipla Life Sciences'. International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 44 (2):244-247 [Details]
(2013)'Review of ‘Hiroko Yamane, Interpreting TRIPS: Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines''
Emmanuel Kolawole Oke (2013) 'Review of ‘Hiroko Yamane, Interpreting TRIPS: Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines''. Asian Journal of International Law, 3 (2):200-201 [Details]
(2011)'Upgrading Nigerian Law To Effectively Combat Cybercrime: The Council Of Europe Convention On Cybercrime In Perspective'
Emmanuel Kolawole Oke (2011) 'Upgrading Nigerian Law To Effectively Combat Cybercrime: The Council Of Europe Convention On Cybercrime In Perspective'. University of Botswana Law Journal, 12 :143-161 [Details]
(2010)'Jurisdictional Immunity of International Institutions in Nigeria: An Appraisal'
Oke, Emmanuel Kolawole & Folarin, Abiodun Philip (2010) 'Jurisdictional Immunity of International Institutions in Nigeria: An Appraisal'. 6 (1):68-84   [Details]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2014)Newcastle Law School Postgraduate Conference 2014,
Emmanuel Oke (2014) Moving from Responsibility to Accountability: Enforcing the Right-to-health Responsibilities of Pharmaceutical Companies. [Oral Presentation], Newcastle Law School Postgraduate Conference 2014, Newcastle University , 03-APR-14 - 04-APR-14. [Details]
(2014)2nd Graduate Conference on Latin American Law and Policy,
Emmanuel Oke (2014) The Incorporation of a Right to Health Perspective into the Brazilian Patent Reform Process. [Oral Presentation], 2nd Graduate Conference on Latin American Law and Policy, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University , 07-MAR-14 - 07-MAR-14. [Details]
(2013)Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2013,
Emmanuel Oke (2013) Can Importation Satisfy Local Working Requirements?. [Oral Presentation], Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2013, University of Edinburgh , 02-DEC-13 - 03-DEC-14. [Details]
(2013)University College Dublin Law Review Round Table,
Emmanuel Oke (2013) National Courts in Developing Countries and the Reclamation of Patent Policy Space. [Oral Presentation], University College Dublin Law Review Round Table, University College Dublin , 23-OCT-13 - 23-OCT-13. [Details]
(2013)University of Liverpool International Postgraduate Legal Conference,
Emmanuel Oke (2013) Pharmaceutical Patents, the Right to Health and the Corporate Social Responsibility of Pharmaceutical Companies. [Oral Presentation], University of Liverpool International Postgraduate Legal Conference, University of Liverpool , 04-JUL-13 - 04-JUL-13. [Details]
(2013)Doctoral Seminar, Irish Centre for Human Rights,
Emmanuel Oke (2013) Are Patent Rights Human Rights? Implications for the Right to Health and Access to Medicines in Developing Countries. [Oral Presentation], Doctoral Seminar, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway , 22-APR-13 - 26-APR-13. [Details]
(2013)International Graduate Legal Research Conference 2013,
Emmanuel Oke (2013) Incremental Innovation and Access to Medicines in Developing Countries. [Oral Presentation], International Graduate Legal Research Conference 2013, King’s College London , 08-APR-13 - 09-APR-13. [Details]
(2013)Centre for Global Development – Global Observatory Lunchtime Series,
Emmanuel Oke (2013) TRIPS, BRICS, and Three Decades of Global Health Diplomacy. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Global Development – Global Observatory Lunchtime Series, University College Cork , 06-MAR-13 - 06-MAR-13. [Details]
(2012)Queen Mary University of London Postgraduate Law Conference 2012,
Emmanuel Oke (2012) Why Companies should not be Authors under Copyright Law. [Oral Presentation], Queen Mary University of London Postgraduate Law Conference 2012, Queen Mary University of London , 22-MAY-12 - 22-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference,
Emmanuel Oke (2012) Incorporating a Right to Health Dimension into the Resolution of Patent Law Disputes: A Case Study of India. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork , 26-APR-12 - 26-APR-12. [Details]
(2012)Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference,,
Emmanuel Oke (2012) Balancing Economic Development with Public Health: The EU-India Free Trade Agreement and TRIPS-Plus Standards. [Oral Presentation], Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference,, De Montfort University , 03-APR-12 - 05-APR-12. [Details]
(2012)Irish Society of Comparative Law 4th Annual Conference,
Emmanuel Oke (2012) Image Rights of Celebrities in the Digital Era: Is There a Need for the Right of Publicity in Ireland?. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society of Comparative Law 4th Annual Conference, University College Cork , 02-MAR-12 - 03-MAR-12. [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2010Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Scholarship to pursue LLM studies Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.
2011Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at UCC Faculty of Law, University College Cork

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Development Studies Association Member/
Nigerian Bar Association Member/
Society of Legal Scholars Member/
Socio-Legal Studies Association Member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Faculty of Law, University College Cork Graduate Teaching Assistant26-SEP-11 / 30-MAR-12
Professor Ng Siew Kuan, National University of Singapore Research Assistant15-JUN-11 / 15-JUL-11

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2011University of Lagos LLMLaw
2011National University of Singapore LLMIntellectual Property and Technology Law
2008Nigerian Law School Barrister at LawLaw
2007University of Lagos LLBLaw

Reviews

 JournalRole
Health Promotion International Referee

Other Activities

 Description

Rapporteur at the Gender Rights and Leadership Workshop conducted under the project “Enhancing Girls’ Basic Education in Northern Nigeria,” sponsored by ActionAid International, held in Gusau, Zamfara State, Nigeria, 12 – 16 September, 2006.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Law of Contract; Patent Law; Entertainment Law

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