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TRIPS: EVENT

Geneva, 26 June to 7 July 2006
Invitation to apply to the WIPO-WTO colloquium for teachers of intellectual property

A two-week colloquium for teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, is being jointly organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva from 26 June to 7 July 2006. The Colloquium is also open to limited participation of teachers from developed countries.

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See also:
WIPO pages on this colloquium
WIPO-WTO colloquium 2005


This colloquium is the third held by the two organizations. The main objective of the colloquium is to update university teachers of intellectual property in developing countries and countries with economies in transition on the activities and instruments of the WIPO and the WTO and to provide a forum for exchange of information and ideas between them and the two secretariats on these matters. The emphasis would be on recent developments and on policy issues under debate in the two organizations. The colloquium would also be an opportunity to exchange views on teaching methodologies and outsourcing of technical cooperation.

This event is part of the programmes of the two organizations aimed at enhancing the capacity of universities in developing countries and in countries with economies in transition to develop national expertise for teaching and policy advice to governments on matters dealt with by the WIPO and WTO.

The working language will be English. Only 20 places are available for the colloquium for applicants from developing countries and economies in transition. Expenses for the 20 participants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition will be borne by the organizers. An additional five places will be available for applicants from developed countries, at their own expense.

A copy of the provisional programme for the colloquium is available here.

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Work as a university teacher of intellectual property in a developing country or in a country with an economy in transition, (with the exception of developed country applicants) with at least five years' teaching experience; an ongoing role in policy advice with respect to WIPO/WTO negotiations is desirable.
  • Be in possession of an advanced degree in intellectual property law or in international law/economics/management with a specialization in intellectual property;
  • Have an excellent knowledge of English;
  • Indicate a topic related to the areas covered by the programme on which the applicant would be ready to make a short presentation and attach an electronic version of a recent paper, preferably on the same subject.

Interested candidates will need to complete the application form online by 14 April 2006.

The application form is also available in MS-Word and Adobe PDF and applicants may also, if they wish, fax or e-mail their applications to the following address:

Ms. Gao Hang
WIPO Worldwide Academy
Fax: (41 22) 740 1417
E-mail: meetings.academy@wipo.int

The final selection will be made by the organizers, taking into consideration the need for regional and gender balance.


> Consult the guide to downloading files.

Note for applicants
WIPO and WTO acknowledge with appreciation the large response to their invitation for participation in the Colloquium to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from June 26 to July 7, 2006.
Successful candidates have been notified directly.
Unfortunately, on this occasion it will not be possible to respond to each participant that was not selected. We however, take this opportunity to thank each of you for the interest shown in this programme.