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Trade, Technology and Climate Change Linkages: The Current Debate

A symposium for policymakers on “Trade, Technology and Climate Change Linkages: The Current Debate” took place at the University of Copenhagen on 12 December 2009. It was jointly sponsored by the WTO and the University's Faculty of Law.

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The symposium explored issues at the intersection of trade and climate change. WTO officials briefed participants on current negotiations and policy issues, including an overview of the trade and climate change debate, perspectives on intellectual property law and policy in relation to climate change issues, and an update on WTO negotiations on trade in environmental goods and technologies. The event raised issues of interest to a wide cross-section of policymakers, analysts, NGOs, negotiators and others in the climate change policy community.



The symposium was held at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen (Studiegaarden, Annex A and B, Studiestraede 6, DK-1455 Copenhagen K).



12 December 2009 (14.00 - 17.00)

Welcome and introduction

  • Dean Henrik Dam and Moderator Laura Nielsen University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

The Trade and Climate Change Debate and the negotiations

  • Ludivine Tamiotti, Counsellor Trade and Environment Division, WTO

  • Vesile Kulacoglu, Director Trade and Environment Division, WTO

Questions from the floor

Intellectual Property Law and Policy, and the Challenges of Climate Change

  • Introduction by Moderator Laura Nielsen

  • Anthony Taubman, Director Intellectual Property Division, WTO

  • Jayashree Watal, Counsellor Intellectual Property Division, WTO

  • Mr Thaddeus J Burns, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel General Electric

  • Ahmed Abdel Latif, ICTSD

Questions from the floor

Closing remarks

  • Moderator Laura Nielsen and Rachel Brewster, Professor Harvard Law School


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