International Rule Making and Dispute Settlement: WTO, WIPO and theMultilateral System (Permission Only) (LAW-817D-001)
Padideh Ala'i and Sean Flynn
Students can not enroll directly in this course and must apply through the WCL Abroad portal.
This course offers students an in-depth look at international issues through direct contact with experts on intellectual property and international trade law at organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization. The course is composed of two units. The unit on Intellectual Property in the Multilateral System includes comparative study of international treaties on intellectual property. The course will cover contemporary debates around the role of intellectual property in development, including such issues as the impact of patents on public health, the transfer of technology and licensing, regulation of access to genetic resources, protection for traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, enforcement of intellectual property rights, and the role of intellectual property in the promotion of green technology and responding to climate change. The unit on World Trade Organization: Rule Making and Dispute Settlement provides an overview of the substantive areas of international economic relations that are covered in the text of the WTO Agreements. The course will specifically look at the workings of the different WTO divisions, including the accessions and rules divisions, the workings of specific committees, the WTO dispute settlement mechanism (including the Appellate Body) and the WTO’s Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM).
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