Aman Gebru

Aman Gebru

Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law
Law

Room 322, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6307
gebrua@duq.edu

Education:

S.J.D., University of Toronto Faculty of Law
LL.M., University of Washington School of Law
LL.B., Haramaya University College of Law
Bio

Aman Gebru is an assistant professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law teaching courses in the areas of property law and intellectual property law. His research focuses on issues at the intersection of intellectual property law, incentives for innovations, collectively developed innovations, indigenous (traditional) knowledge, economic development, trade, and inequality. He has presented and published several papers on these topics including articles that appear in the Denver Law Review, North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, Haramaya Law Review, and the Asper Review of International Business & Trade Law.

Before joining Duquesne, Gebru was a visiting assistant professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and a Global Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University School of Law. Gebru has also taught at University of Toronto Faculty of Law, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Haramaya University. He received his Doctor of Juridical Sciences (SJD) from the University of Toronto, a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law and Policy from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Laws in Law from Haramaya University.

Aman's top three areas of expertise are:

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Property Law
  • Contract Law

Read Professor Gebru's resume.

Scholarship

Articles

Patents, Disclosure, & Biopiracy
Aman Gebru, Patents, Disclosure, & Biopiracy 96 Denv. U.L. Rev. 535 (2019). SSRN

Intellectual Property Law and Bioprospecting: A Model Legal Framework
Aman Gebru, Intellectual Property Law and Bioprospecting: A Model Legal Framework, 19 N.C.J. of L. & TECH. 257 (2017). SSRN

The Global Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Searching for the Minimum Consensus
Aman Gebru, The Global Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Searching for the Minimum Consensus, 17 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 42 (2017). SSRN

Toward Legal Recognition of Traditional Knowledge as Intellectual Property
Aman Gebru, Toward Legal Recognition of Traditional Knowledge as Intellectual Property, Desired Futures Newsletter, Spring 2016, at 6.

Intellectual Property Law and the Protection of Traditional Knowledge: From Cultural Conservation to Knowledge Codification
Aman Gebru, Intellectual Property Law and the Protection of Traditional Knowledge: From Cultural Conservation to Knowledge Codification, 15 Asper Rev. Int. Bus. & Trade L. 293 (2015). Reprinted in Aman Gebru, Gebru on Protecting Traditional Knowledge Through Sui Generis IP Law, Slaw Magazine, March 3, 2016. SSRN

Analyzing the Controversial Claim for Contributory Trademark Dilution
Aman Gebru, Analyzing the Controversial Claim for Contributory Trademark Dilution, Seattle Trademark Lawyer, 2012.

Large Scale Acquisitions of Land in Ethiopia
Aman Gebru and Darryl Vhugen, Large Scale Acquisitions of Land in Ethiopia, Focus on Land in Africa, 2012.

Environmental Permitting in Ethiopia: No restraint on "Unstoppable Growth?"
Aman Gebru, James Krueger and Inqu Asnake, Environmental Permitting in Ethiopia: No restraint on "Unstoppable Growth?" 1 Haramaya L. Rev. 73 (2012). SSRN

Presentations

The Legal Protection of Traditional Knowledge
Aman Gebru, The Legal Protection of Traditional Knowledge, keynote presentation at Cultural Appropriation and Traditional Knowledge Conference, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2018).

The TRIPs Agreements and The Convention on Biological Diversity
Aman Gebru, The TRIPs Agreements and The Convention on Biological Diversity, presentation at TRIPs Agreement at 25 Symposium, Texas A&M University School of Law (2019).

Patents, Disclosure, and Biopiracy
Aman Gebru, Patents, Disclosure, and Biopiracy, presentation at George Washington University IP Speaker Series (2018); Law and Society Annual Meeting (2018); Junior IP Scholars Association Workshop (2018); Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference (2018); IP Scholars Conference (2018).

A Knowledge Commons Framework for Governance of Bioprospecting
Aman Gebru, A Knowledge Commons Framework for Governance of Bioprospecting, presentation at Tri-state IP Law Workshop, NYU, School of Law (2018)

Intellectual Property, Bioprospecting and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge: A Potential Framework for Protection
Aman Gebru, Intellectual Property, Bioprospecting and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge: A Potential Framework for Protection, presentation at Works-In-Progress in IP Law Conference (2017); IP Scholars Conference (2017).

Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge: An Examination through the 'Public Goods' Framework
Aman Gebru, Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge: An Examination through the 'Public Goods' Framework, presentation at Canadian Law and Economics Association Conference (2016).

From Common Goods to Public Goods: The Effects of Legal Intervention on Codification of Traditional Knowledge
Aman Gebru, From Common Goods to Public Goods: The Effects of Legal Intervention on Codification of Traditional Knowledge, presentation at Canadian Law and Society Association Conference (2015).