Riyadh Al Balushi

Riyadh Al Balushi is an Assistant Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Legal Affairs. Riyadh´s role includes advising the government on entry of international treaties; participating in committees drafting legislation; and rendering legal opinions relating to government disputes.

Riyadh is very passionate about intellectual property rights. In addition to his role as an advisor he is also involved in a number of on-going projects within the Ministry, which include being a member of the task force responsible for implementing a plan for digital transformation in the Ministry, a member of the negotiation team for the AGCC Model Law for Cyber-crime, and a member of the task force responsible for following up the activities of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organisation.

In order to raise general awareness about intellectual property, Riyadh writes a bi-weekly column ‘From Cyberia´ for the Muscat Daily Newspaper, covering issues of internet law. He also writes a blog called myITLawer.com which used to educate the public about the basic concepts of intellectual property. Riyadh has also worked with the Free and Open Source Student Society at the Sultan Qaboos University in organizing the first ever Creative Commons event in Oman aiming to introduce Omanis to the benefits of using lenient copyright licenses by artists and other authors of creative content in order to promote the creation of content on the internet.

As a John Smith Fellow Riyadh´s action plan is to conduct a project to raise awareness about intellectual property in specific interest groups and help make local Omani content on the internet more available, making such information more accessible.