An Nepali-qualified lawyer with experience in intellectual property law, trade, and international investment law and policy, Dr Pratyush Nath Upreti is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Intellectual Property Law at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast, UK.
Before moving to academia, Pratyush practiced law and appeared before the Supreme Court of Nepal and sub-ordinate courts; have taught in Nepal and continue to advise and write on legal and policy issues related to Nepal.
Pratyush research focuses on the Transatlantic and the Global South. I have experience working in the Philippines, India, Thailand, and Nepal on different intellectual property, trade, and investment-related issues. In the past, I was a visiting research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, Germany, and the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) of Bournemouth University in the UK. I have represented and worked as a consultant for international organizations, companies, EU funded projects.
Pratyush is the author of several articles on IP and its intersection with trade and investment issues. His recent book entitled 'Intellectual Property Objectives in International Investment Agreements' is forthcoming with Edward Elgar, 2022. He regularly writes on Asian Legal practices particularly focusing on Nepal and South Asia from an international law perspective.
Pratyush have taught intellectual property, trade and investment law at the Europe-North America and the Europe-Asia Programme of Sciences Po. In 2021, I was a adjunct Professor at Sciences Po (Middle East and Mediterranean Campus).
Pratyush hold Ph.D. in Law from Sciences Po Law School Paris, LLM from Maastricht University, Netherlands as a UM High Potential Scholar and BSc.LLB (Hons) degree from KIIT University, India, and also a fellow of the Global Policy Forum for Nepal (UK) and has advised the Government of Nepal on intellectual property and investment issues.
Additional positions/roles include:
- Transatlantic Technology Law (TTLF) Fellow at Stanford Law School (USA).
- Research Affiliate at Sciences Po Law School, Paris
- Research Affiliate at Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki
- Member of the Editorial Board for the Global Trade & Customs Journal, Kluwer Law International