Summer 2017 Course Schedule

Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Multilateral System (LAW-962S-001)
Christine Farley

Meets: 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM (MTWThF)

Enrolled: 16 / Limit: 25

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This class meets in Geneva, Switzerland from June 26th - July 14th. You must complete an application for the specific Summer Program Abroad to be eligible for this class. Please visit Students may earn academic credit for up to two credits per week in the summer semester (excluding full semester courses). This course counts toward the two credit per week limit. To register, email


This course provides a comprehensive study of international intellectual property policymaking at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations created "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world." The course includes comparative study of international treaties on intellectual property and WIPO’s role in the formation and administration of these instruments. 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.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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