Dr. Poku Adusei

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Poku Adusei is a Senior  Lecturer in Law at the University of Ghana, where he teaches Intellectual Property Law, Conflict of Laws, Company Law and Land Law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Degree from the University of Ghana and a Qualified Certificate in Law from the Ghana School of Law, Accra. He was called to the Ghana Bar in 2003. Dr. Adusei was awarded the H.N. McDermid scholarship for proven ability in area of specialization by the University of Alberta, Canada, where he earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree with specialization in Intellectual Property Law. He completed his doctorate degree in law at McGill University, Canada, with specialization in patent law and development studies.
Dr. Adusei led the Ghana team of researchers for the IDRC-sponsored African Copyright & Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project. He has written extensively on the subject of Intellectual Property Law in local and international peer-review journals including the Journal of African Law, African Journal of International & Comparative Law, the Journal of World Intellectual Property, the University of Botswana Law Journal, KNUST Law Journal and the University of Ghana Law Journal. Dr. Adusei is the author of an academic text entitled: Patenting of Pharmaceuticals and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Laws, Institutions, Practices, and Politics, published in 2013 by Springer in New York/Germany. He is also the author of another monograph entitled: Protecting Moral Rights under Copyright Law: the Stride Forward, published in 2009 by Lambert Academic Publishing in Germany.


His research focuses on how countries in African can utilize intellectual property systems to promote human and national development. He is writing a book on Intellectual Property Law in Ghana.



  • Poku Adusei. Patenting of Pharmaceuticals and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Laws, Institutions, Practices, and Politics (New York: Springer, 2013) {315pages}.
  • Poku Adusei. Modern Challenges to Moral Rights Protection under Copyright Law: The Stride Forward (Germany: LAP Lambert Publishers, 2009) [145 pages].


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Poku Adusei, The Right to Health and Constitutional Imperatives for Regulating the Exercise Of Pharmaceutical Patents Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa” (2013) 21 African Journal of International and Comparative Law 250-278    
  • Poku Adusei, “Exploiting Patent Regulatory ‘Flexibilities’ to Promote Access to Antiretroviral Medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa” (2011) 14 Journal of World Intellectual Property 1-23.
  • Poku Adusei, “Cyberspace and the Dilemma of Traditional Copyright Law: An Assessment of the Impact on the Legal Community.”(2002-2004) 22 University of Ghana Law Journal 202-236.
  • Poku Adusei, “Burden of Proof in Land Cases: An Analysis of Some Recent Decisions of the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Ghana” (2000-2002) 21 University of Ghana Law Journal 223-242.
  • Poku Adusei, “Trajectories of Patent-Related Negotiations Affecting Pharmaceuticals and the Politics of Exclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa” (2008-2010) 24 University of Ghana Law Journals 25-86.
  • Poku Adusei, “21st Century Protection of Moral Rights under Copyright Law: the way Forwards” (2006-2008) 4KNUST Law Journal 1-19.
  • Poku Adusei, “Regulatory Diversity as Key to the ‘Myth’ of Drug Patenting in sub-Saharan Africa” (2010) 54 Journal of African Law 26-50.


Book Chapters

  • Poku Adusei et al, “Ghana: Access to Knowledge in Africa – The Role of Copyright” in C. Armstrong et al, eds., Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright (UCT Press, 2010) Chapter 3.
  • Poku Adusei, “The Evolution of Ghana’s Copyright Regime since Independence: A critical Appraisal” in Ghana Law since independence; History, Development and Prospects Mensa-Bonsu et al, eds., (Accra: Black Mask Publication, 2007)11-27.


Presented Papers

  • Poku Adusei, “Copyright, Personhood and National Development” (a paper presented at a workshop organized by Pan-African Writers Association and UNESO) May, 2007(unpublished).
  • Poku Adusei, “Issues arising out of  Litigation in Copyright and Related Rights in Ghana and Beyond” (a paper presented at the IP Training workshop for Judges organized by the Judicial Training Institute in Ghana and WIPO, May 3-5 2007) available online: http://www.juducial.gov.gh/JTI/jti_documents/ Learning%20Materials/JTI-WIPO-Mr.%20Poku%Adusei.pdf.
  • Poku Adusei, “An overview of Intellectual Property Laws of Ghana” in K.Quashigah et al, eds., Annual Survey of Ghana Law, 2008 (forthcoming publication by the faculty of Law, University of Ghana with funding support from the TALIF)