Bita Amani
Bita Amani, BA (York University, with Distinction), LLB (Osgoode), SJD (U of T),
is Associate Professor at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, and teaches
courses in intellectual property, information privacy, and feminist legal
studies. She is author of two books: State Agency and the Patenting of Life in
International Law: Merchants and Missionaries in a Global Society (Aldershott:
Ashgate Publishing Company, 2009) and Trademarks and Unfair Competition
Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary (Toronto: Carswell, 2011, with Carys
Craig). She is Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and has been a
Co-Director and Lecturer for the LLM Program in Intellectual Property (with
Rosemary Coombe). She was a visiting researcher at the Brocher Founda-
tion (Geneva, Switzerland) and visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the
Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and at the Centre for Interna-
tional Governance, University Of Leeds School of Law. Dr. Amani has served
as government consultant on gene patenting for the Ontario Advisory Com-
mittee on Predictive Genetic Technologies and on the E-Laws project for the
Ministry of the Attorney General, Oce of the Legislative Counsel (Ontario),
where she was also briey a legislative drafter (37th Legislature’s Session,
2001). She is called to the Bar of Ontario.
Marcus Boon
Marcus Boon is Professor of English Literature at York University. He is the
author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard Univer-

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