Application Deadline: March 17th 2019
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are jointly organizing a two-week colloquium for teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The 16th colloquium will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 17-27 June 2019
Since 2004, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have jointly organized annual two-week colloquiums for teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The aim is to help the teachers become more aware of the Geneva institutions, negotiations and other activities dealing with intellectual property law and policy, and to strengthen their countries’ independent research, policy analysis and teaching in international intellectual property law with its diverse policy contexts.
Participants in the WIPO-WTO colloquiums for intellectual property teachers are selected from eligible candidates from developing countries and countries with economies in transition across the globe. Some additional places are available for self-funded participants from developed countries.
The working language is English. Twenty-two places are available for applicants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The organizers cover their travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. An additional five places are available for applicants from developed countries, but they participate at their own expense.
How to Apply
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant for the 22 funded places must currently work as a university teacher in intellectual property in a developing country or in a country with an economy in transition, and have at least five years’ teaching experience. In addition,
- an ongoing role in policy analysis or advice with respect to WIPO or WTO discussions or negotiations is desirable
- an established track record in research and publication in the field of intellectual property is also desirable
- applicants must have an advanced degree and teaching experience in intellectual property law or international law/economics/management with a specialization in intellectual property
- applicants must have an excellent knowledge of English
The same criteria apply for applicants for the self-funded places allocated for developed country participants.
Applicants should identify a specific topical intellectual property policy or legal issue that is currently under active debate or review in the applicant’s country or region, on which he/she would be ready to make a short presentation and prepare a paper for subsequent publication. A one-page summary of this presentation must accompany the application form. back to top
Selection of candidates
The selection will be made by the organizers, taking into consideration the need for regional and gender balance. Participants in previous colloquia may not apply within five years of their earlier participation, and where two applicants are equally ranked, preference will be given to applicants who have not previously taken part. Selected applicants will be directly notified by the organizers.