Pratyush Nath Upreti

Pratyush Nath Upreti


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Any areas of International Intellectual Property Law and Policy; International Investment Law: Asian Legal Studies


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Dr. Pratyush Nath Upreti joined the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast in January 2022 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Intellectual Property Law. He is a Research Affiliate at Sciences Po Paris and Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. He is also a Fellow at Stanford Law School, Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF) since 2018.  Before his appointment at Queen’s University Belfast, he was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. Before that, he held a research position at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Law, Munich. Previously, he was a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) of Bournemouth University. Before moving to academia, he practiced law and taught in Nepal and continues to advise and write on legal and policy issues related to Nepal.

Pratyush's work has been published widely in leading international journals. He has advised least developed countries (LDCs) Governments on intellectual property policies and acted as a consultant in private sector development projects focusing on IP, trade, and investment for the European Union (EU) funded projects. 

He has represented international organizations at the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and is an expert for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

He serves as a member of the editorial board for the Global Trade and Customs Journal, Kluwer Law International.


Research Focus

Pratyush's current research focuses on intersections, relationships, and tension between IP and international investment agreements (IIAs), focusing on different approaches to reconcile the competing objectives of IP and IIAs. To this end, he is preparing a monograph on a similar theme. 

His current research also focuses on IP and COVID-19; examining IP and international economic law ramifications of COVID-19 related measures. On a similar theme, he is working on a project focusing on the role of IP in the post-pandemic world.

He is also collaborating on a research project titled 'Shaping, Fixing and Making Markets via IPR: Regulating Sustainable Innovation Ecosystems' with the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki funded by Academy of Finland. 

Research Interests

Pratyush is interested in areas of international intellectual property (IP) law and policy. Particularly, how national and international legal orders affect domestic  IP laws and policies. More broadly, interfaces of IP with other branches of international law such as international investment law and trade.

He is also interested in issues of IP, sustainability, and innovation. Increasingly, he is interested in interfaces of different legal regimes in international law with a focus on Asian Legal Studies (particularly South Asia)/Global South more generally. 


Intellectual Property Law

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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