My Books

  1. The Interface between Intellectual Property and Investment Law: An Intertextual Analysis (Edward Elgar, 2021). Published in the Elgar Intellectual Property and Global Development series.

This original book presents a critical analysis of the interface between international intellectual property law and international investment law through the lens of intertextuality. It critically evaluates the assumption that investment tribunals cannot take the rules of international intellectual property law into account when resolving investment disputes concerning intellectual property rights. It further demonstrates instead the ways in which investment tribunals can and should adopt an intertextual approach when resolving such disputes, which, in turn, will help to preserve the intellectual property policy space of host states.

2. Patents, Human Rights, and Access to Medicines (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

This book provides a systematic analysis of the tension between patent rights and human rights law, contending that, in order to preserve their patent policy space and secure access to affordable medicines for their citizens, developing countries should incorporate a model of human rights into the design, implementation, interpretation, and enforcement of their national patent laws. Through a comprehensive analysis of court decisions from three key developing countries (India, Kenya, and South Africa), the book assesses the effectiveness of national courts in resolving conflicts between patent rights and the right to health, and demonstrates how a model of human rights can be incorporated into the adjudication of patent rights.

3. The Policy Space in International Intellectual Property Law (Brill Nijhoff, 2022). Published in Volume 19 of the Nijhoff International Trade Law Series.

This book presents a critical and original examination of the policy space in international intellectual property law through the unique lens of glocalisation. Distinguishing between the unregulated local space and the regulated glocal space as distinct components of this policy space, it contends that it is within the glocal space that states can resist or adapt the globalising waves flowing from the international intellectual property system. It discusses both the contours and the components of this glocal space. It further highlights the important role that the WTO’s adjudicatory bodies play in preserving this glocal space in international intellectual property law.