Aman Gebru

Aman Gebru

Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law

Room 322, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6307


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

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, innovation policy, indigenous 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 in Ethiopia. He received his Doctor of Juridical Sciences (SJD) from the University of Toronto, an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law and Policy from the University of Washington, and an LL.B. in Law from Haramaya University. Earlier in his career, Gebru worked for Landesa (formerly the Rural Development Institute), a Seattle-based international nonprofit advocating for land rights for the poor, and interned for the Prosecutor's Office of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Read Professor Gebru's resume.



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

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

Aman Gebru, The Global Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Searching for the Minimum Consensus, 17 JOHN MARSHALL REVIEW OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW 42 (2017).

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

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

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

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

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


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

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).

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).

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

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).

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

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).