Marisella Ouma

Advocate, High Court of Kenya

Dr. Marisella Ouma, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya has thirteen years of well-rounded experience in law specializing in Intellectual Property Law with a bias to copyright and related rights. She holds a Doctorate in Law from Queen Mary University of London and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law from Stockholm University. Her LL.B is from the University of Nairobi.

She has played a pivotal role in advising the Attorney General and other Government Departments on Intellectual Property matters in Kenya and within Africa. She has also actively participated in the formulation and drafting of the intellectual property policy in Kenya and the region as well as the law on counterfeiting and piracy.

She helped establish the Kenya Copyright Board, a State Corporation that is in charge of administration and enforcement of copyright and related right in Kenya and has been instrumental in copyright law reform in Kenya. Dr Ouma has consulted widely in Africa and beyond on copyright, industrial property, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. She is a senior research fellow with Copyright Africa and has taught intellectual property at the University of Nairobi.

Dr. Ouma was the lead researcher in Kenya for the ACA2K project and has published widely. She is the Executive Director of the Kenya Copyright Board.