Dalindyebo Shabalala is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Western reserve University School 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 Traditional Knowledge and Folklore  issues on the other. he has been an adviser to developing countries and civil society in negotiations at the UNFCCC, WIPO, the WTO, the Convention on Biological Diversity and in several regional and bilateral free trade agreement negotiations.

Previously, Mr. 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. Mr. 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.