Dalindyebo Shabalala is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the law school and an Assistant Professor, International Economic Law (Intellectual Property) at Maastricht University Faculty of Law. He is also a fellow in the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation
(IGIR) at Maastricht University and participates in the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
at Case Western Reserve. His research focuses on climate change and intellectual property (IP) issues on one hand and on IP and development issues on the other. He focuses on the role of Brazil, India and China in the regulation of international technology transfer and intellectual property.
Previously, Shabalala was Managing Attorney of CIEL'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. Shabalala was a research fellow in the Innovation, Access to Knowledge, and Intellectual Property Programme at the South Centre (2005-2006), an intergovernmental organization of developing countries in Geneva, Switzerland.
Before this, Shabalala worked as an intern at the South Centre with Dr. Carlos Correa in the Intellectual Property Policy Research and Development Project, researching patent policy in developing countries. Shabalala received his BA in political science and cognitive science from Vassar College in 1998. At Vassar, he was a Ford Foundation Scholar in the political science department and an undergraduate research science institute scholar in the Cognitive Science department. Shabalala received his PhD in law from Maastricht University in 2014 and his JD, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004, where he worked with Professor David Weissbrodt on researching the human rights responsibilities of transnational corporations.