Pratyush Nath Upreti


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Dr. Pratyush Nath Upreti is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Law at the School of Law. He serves as the Programme Director of LLM in Intellectual Property Law, a program he co-designed with Professor Giancarlo Frosio.

He is a Research Affiliate at Sciences Po Paris and the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki.  Before his appointment at Queen’s University Belfast, he held a position at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, and 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. He was a fellow at Stanford Law School, Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF) from 2018- 2023.  

Before moving to academia, he practiced law and appeared before the Supreme Court of Nepal and sub-ordinate courts; have taught in Nepal and continues to advise and write on legal and policy issues related to Nepal.  He is the author/editor of the following books:

  1. 'Intellectual Property Objectives in International Investment Agreements' (Edward Elgar, 2022) [reviewed in Asian Journal of International Law and International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law ]. He was invited to give a talk on his book at Cornell Law School, USA and University of Bergen, Norway. 
  2.  Intellectual Property Rights in the Post-Pandemic World: An Integrated Framework of Sustainability, Innovation and Global Justice (Edward Elgar, 2023) [co-edited with T. Pihlajarinne and J.M Mähönen]

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).

In 2022 he commissioned a study for UNCTAD titled the Case of Geographical Indication Protection of the Mozambique White Prawn, UNCTAD/ALDC/2022/2.

More recently, in 2023 he commissioned a report for UNCTAD titled Geographical Indication Protection of Mozambique's Cabrito de Tete (Tete Goat), UNCTAD/ALDC/2023/1).

In 2023, he was appointed as an IP expert in a seven-member expert committee formed by the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia

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

Research Focus

Pratyush’s research focuses on International and Comparative aspects of Intellectual Property Law and his research outcomes have received awards. Recently, he was awarded first prize in the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) Essay Competition for Young Researchers in Intellectual Property Law. To this end, he was also awarded the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys- 'FICPI Young Scholar's Prize (2022)'. In 2023, his book entitled 'Intellectual Property Objectives in International Investment Agreements' (2022) published by Edward Elgar was voted for the IPKat 2022 Intellectual Property Law Book of the Year! 

Pratyush's work has been published widely in leading international journals including the International & Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ), World Trade Review, the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC), the Journal of World Intellectual Property, European Intellectual Property Review, the Journal of World Trade, Berkeley Journal of International Law, and among others.

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 and Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, 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

Legal Methods and Skills

Law and Technology

Foundations of IP Law, Theory, Economics & Policy 

Global Intellectual Property, Trade and Technology  

Innovation and Creativity Clinic: Project Based Learning 


Prorgamme Co-ordinator of LLM-Intellectual Property Law (2023-)
Member of the School of Law Research Committee (2022-23)
Member of the School of Law Academic Offence Committee (2022-)

Member of the Post-Graduate Taught Programme (PGT) (2023-)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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