CEIPI / ICTSD Publication Series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System

“Intellectual Property and Access to Science and Culture: Convergence or Conflict?”, CEIPI/ICTSD Publications Series, Issue 3

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is very pleased to announce the publication of the third issue in the CEIPI/ICTSD series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System, produced jointly with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). The new issue, “Intellectual Property and Access to Science and Culture: Convergence or Conflict?”, edited by Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the Research Department at the CEIPI, explores the relationship between intellectual property (IP) rights and the right to science and culture.

This topic has recently served as the basis for an increasing body of legal scholarship and reports from international organisations, including two well-noted reports in 2014 and 2015 issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, which shed some light on the complex interactions between IP regimes and access to science and culture, but also generated further discussion. The volume includes papers authored by prominent scholars from both the intellectual property and human rights fields, including an introduction by the former UN Special Rapporteur, Farida Shaheed, herself.

The CEIPI/ICTSD publication series provides high quality academic and policy-oriented papers dealing with topics that are of global relevance because of their normative pre-eminence, economic relevance, and socio-economic impact.

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"Specialised Intellectual Property Courts- Issues and Challenges", CEIPI/ICTSD Publications Series, Issue 2

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of the CEIPI/ICTSD publication series Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System, produced jointly with the International Centre for Trade and Development (ICTSD). The CEIPI/ICTSD publication series intends to provide high quality academic and policy-oriented papers dealing with topics that are of global relevance because of their normative preeminence, economic relevance, and socioeconomic impact. On this occasion, the focus of interest has been specialized judicial adjudication in the intellectual property domain. 

In order to address this multifaceted issue, the series editors invited Professor Jacques de Werra from the University of Geneva to write the lead article, titled Intellectual Property Courts – Issues and Challenges. As highlighted by de Werra, under the TRIPS Agreement countries have the option to create specialised intellectual property courts. The experience in both developed and developing countries varies and it is difficult to give a simple and unique answer to the question of whether it is beneficial to establish specialised intellectual property courts. Jacques de Werra concludes that how advantageous or necessary it is to establish specialised intellectual property courts in a given jurisdiction depends on a number of factors that go beyond intellectual property. This thesis is confirmed by the analysis of the situations in Brazil, India, China, and Uganda made by the country analysis provided by renowned experts in their respective papers: Denis Borges Barbosa is Permanent Professor of the Institute of Economy of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Pedro Marcos Nunes Barbosa is Professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro; Shamnad Basheer is the Honorary Research Chair Professor of IP Law at the Institute of Law, Nirma University; Jacques de Werra is Professor at the University of Geneva; Susan Isiko Štrba is visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand; and Hong Xue is Professor and Director of the Institute for Internet Policy and Law of Beijing Normal University.

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"Rethinking International Intellectual Property Law: What Institutional Environment for the Development and Enforcement of IP Law?", CEIPI/ICTSD Publications Series, Issue 1

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is pleased to announce the launch of a new publication series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System, produced jointly with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). This series intends to provide high quality academic and policy-oriented papers dealing with topics that are of global relevance because of their normative preeminence, economic relevance, and socioeconomic impact.

This inaugural issue, entitled Rethinking International Intellectual Property Law: What Institutional Environment for the Development and Enforcement of IP Law?, offers a collection of papers dealing with the institutional environment for the development and enforcement of intellectual property law.

The authors in this volume (Christophe Geiger, Professor at the University of Strasbourg; Carlos Correa, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires; Craig Nard, Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Daniel Gervais, Professor at Vanderbilt University; Xavier Seuba, Senior Lecturer at CEIPI, University of Strasbourg; Pedro Roffe, Senior Associate at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development) introduce four overriding themes that characterise contemporary intellectual property law. Three of them cut across most of the contributions, namely the question of forum shifting, the evolving role of multilateral organizations such as WTO and WIPO and the continuous but evolving nature of the North-South divide. The fourth theme delves into the role of the judiciary in addressing complex and contemporary patent related questions.

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