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Dhanay M. Cadillo Chandler

Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Turku

Dhanay Cadillo Chandler is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Law- University of Turku. She was recently appointed Visiting Professor at LUISS University, School of Law, Rome-Italy (Fall 2020).

She is a Hauser Global Research Fellow alumnus at NYU School of Law and as affiliated to Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, where she was a Global research Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. Dhanay holds a law degree from MonteÁvila University- Venezuela. She received her Ph.D from Hanken School of Economics, Finland; and also a Master in Foreign Trade from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Her current research agenda focuses on the role of public interest in the context of intellectual property exceptions taken in times of -global- crises. In her most recent publication "Uh-Oh We are in trouble! Compulsory licenses vs. data exclusivity in the EU: one more challenge to overcome in the race to find a COVID-19 vaccine?” at the 42 European Intellectual Property Review 9 (2020), Dhanay explores the challenges brought upon access to COVID-19 treatment (i.e. vaccines) by the additional layers of protection found within the EU pharma & IP regulatory frameworks. Her ongoing research addresses the need to re-evaluate the current incentives to prompt pharmaceutical innovation while at the same time regulating new health technologies. Findings from this research have been presented at international workshops at the NYU School of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property – University of New Hampshire, Texas A&M -School of Law, University of Oxford, Hanken School of Economics, and McGeorge School of Law. Her research builds on previous findings of her doctoral dissertation and subsequent research.

As a visiting Professor at LUISS, Dhanay is involve in research and teaching to both Master and PhD students. All lectures are research based, thus, ranging in a variety of topics from bio-economy, innovation to orphan drugs and pharma regulation in the EU. Her previous publications IPRs to Innovation are as Bioeconomy to Sustainable Development: but how are these interconnected? in Agro-Based Bioeconomy: Reintegrating Trans-disciplinary Research and Sustainable Development Goals (2021); and Cadillo Chandler D.M. (2020), Achieving Sustainable Drug Development Through CSR: Possibility or Utopia. In: Keswani C. (eds) Bioeconomy for Sustainable Development. Springer, Singapore, were the basis for her work at LUISS where she explores the importance of soft law mechanisms to achieve innovation and sustainability in the circular economy.

She is an active member of the Faculty of Law in Turku, where she has created and implemented courses at master’s and PhD level. Additionally, she belongs to both University and Faculty level executive board and committees. Dhanay has comprehensive teaching experience in Finland and abroad. Her publications and research interests include human rights, corporate social responsibility, bio-economy, sustainable development, comparative international intellectual property rights, international trade and international transactions.

She is an attorney at law qualified to practise in Venezuela. Given her comprehensive understanding of both the WTO rules and international transaction matters, Dhanay has also provided consulting in the context of projects requiring deep understanding of both public-private regulatory aspects. She is an active member of the international academic community, thus, regularly attending to conferences and seminar.

Dhanay a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Turku Institute of Advanced Studies (TIAS), Senior Research Fellow at the University of Turku, Assistant Professor at Hanken School of Economics. She is member of ATRIP (International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property); and the Venezuelan Bar Association.


  • 2016–present
    Post-Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Law - University of Turku