Faith Majekolagbe (formerly Faith Aboyeji) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law where she teaches intellectual property law and entrepreneurial law and runs an entrepreneurial law clinic (where she supports her student to provide free legal support to entrepreneurs, business ventures and not-for-profit entities). She researches in the areas of intellectual property (IP) and technology law, with a focus on public interest in these areas. Her scholarship in IP law focuses on the effects of international as well as domestic copyright laws and policies on access to knowledge, human development, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is currently working on:
i. how to rethink copyright in research works to protect authors and public interests;
ii. the best approaches to integrate access-enabling and development-engendering copyright limitations and exceptions in African copyright laws and within the framework of international copyright law;
iii. copyright, data mining and machine learning as it relates to research and knowledge/cultural/language preservation in Canada and African countries; and
iv IP, food security and genome editing technologies in Africa.
Faith’s works have been published in renowned journals including the European Intellectual Property Review, IIC International Review on Intellectual Property and Competition Law, and the Journal of Law and Medicine. She has also presented her works at academic conferences, policy workshops and various invited public events in countries across all the continents. Some of her works are available on her SSRN page.
Faith is also a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society, Harvard University. As a Berkman Klein Fellow, she contributes to the research of the centre on (i) copyright reform for education in a pandemic and post-pandemic environment and (ii) the interlinkages between copyright, text and data mining and machine learning. She is a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, Global Expert Network on Copyright User Rights, Academic Network on the Right to Research in International Copyright, Open African Innovation Research Network, and Intellectual Property and Innovation Researchers of Asia.
Prior to joining the University of Alberta, Faith was a Schulich Fellow at Dalhousie University, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, and a sessional lecturer at Australian Catholic University. She also worked as a legal practitioner at a top-tier commercial law firm in Nigeria, Babalakin & Co.
Faith is a graduate of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and RMIT University, Australia.