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Dalindyebo Shabalala

Assistant Professor of Law

Full-Time Faculty

School of Law


Email: Dalindyebo Shabalala
Phone: 937-229-4652
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Keller Hall, Room 416


Dalindyebo Shabalala is an Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton Law School. His primary teaching responsibilities are in Contracts, as well as Intellectual Property and Business Law.

Prof. Shabalala’s research focuses on the interaction of intellectual property law, especially patent law, with the rights of indigenous peoples and climate change law. He conducts research on the rights of indigenous peoples and traditional communities to their traditional knowledge and culture and the role of international intellectual property treaties in enabling or preventing the realization of those rights.

Prof. Shabalala also conducts research on the interaction of patent law with climate change, focusing on the role of technology licensing and transfer in enabling the technology goals of the climate change convention (UNFCCC). His current research in this area is a long-term collaboration with researchers in India, Brazil, China and South Africa to identify technology transfer and licensing measures that these countries have taken that may or may not be in compliance with their obligations under the TRIPS Agreement. He is a member of the Climate Action Network Technology Working Group and serves as the Environmental NGO representative to the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee’s Task Force on Innovation, Research, Development and Demonstration. He continues to provide advice on patent law and technology licensing to developing countries and civil society organizations in climate change negotiations. Prof. Shabalala participates in the Program on Law and Technology (PILT) at the law school

Prof. Shabalala has published in several edited volumes, and has published a book “Climate Change, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property – Options for Action at the UNFCCC”, Maastricht University (2014) available in print from Amazon and electronically. His reflections on his research and policy work can be found on his blog.

He has a partial appointment as Assistant Professor of International Economic Law (Intellectual property) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He teaches European and Comparative Intellectual Property at the Masters level and is a fellow in the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) ( Previously, Prof. Shabalala was Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law teaching Business Associations and International Intellectual Property.

Prof. Shabalala was Managing Attorney of the Center for International Environmental Law’s Geneva office, and Director of CIEL's Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Project. He focused on issues at the intersection of intellectual property and climate change, human health, biodiversity and food security, as well as addressing systemic reform of the international intellectual property system. He is now a member of CIEL’s Board of Trustees.

Courses Taught

Law 6110 Contracts I

Law 6810 Contracts II


PhD Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands (2014)

J.D., University of Minnesota School of Law (2004)

B.A., Vassar College (1998)

Selected Publications

“Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Native American Tribal Codes” 51 Akron Law Review 1125 (2017). Available at: https://ideaexchange.uakron. edu/akronlawreview/

"The impact of commercial advertising and marketing practices on the enjoyment of cultural rights – Report 2014 (A/69/286)" in Lucky Belder and Helle Porsdam (eds.) Negotiating Cultural Rights Issues at Stake, Challenges and Recommendations Edward Elgar, 2017. Available at: 3238418

“Climate Change, Human Rights, and Technology Transfer: Normative Challenges and Technical Opportunities” in Molly K. Land and Jay D. Aronson (eds.) New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice Cambridge University Press, 2018. Available at: 3238430

D Shabalala "Access to Trade Secret Environmental Information: Are TRIPS and TRIPS Plus Obligations a Hidden Landmine?" 55(3) COLUM.J.TRANSNAT’L.L. 648 (2017).

D Shabalala “Intellectual Property, Climate Change and Development” 8(1) WIPO J. OF INTELL. PROP. 64 (2016). (See

D Shabalala “Technology Transfer for Climate Change and Developing Country Viewpoints on Historical Responsibility and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities” In J Sarnoff (ed.) Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change Edward Elgar 2016. See

D Shabalala Climate Change, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property: Options for Action at the UNFCCC, Maastricht University, October 2014. (Available at:

D Shabalala and A Kamperman Sanders “Intellectual Property Treaties and Development” in D Gervais (ed.) Intellectual Property Trade and Development 2nd edition Oxford University Press 2014. See

A Kamperman Sanders, D Shabalala, M Pugatch, P Vergano, A Moerland “The Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA): an Assessment” European Parliament Report, European Union 2011. Available at:

“The Proposed Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Persons with Visual Impairments at the World Intellectual Property Organization” in Waddington, Lisa et al. (eds.) The European Yearbook of Disability Law 2010 (Intersentia 2010).

D Shabalala “Knowledge and Education: Pro-access Implications of New Technologies” in Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (ed.) Intellectual Property and Human Development: Current Trends and Future Scenarios, Cambridge University Press 2010.