Invitation to apply to participate in the WIPO-WTO colloquium for teachers of intellectual property

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

What is the colloquium meant to achieve?

The programme aims to provide those teaching and researching in intellectual property and closely related disciplines with an update on the activities and instruments of WIPO and the WTO. It will focus on policy issues under negotiation or discussion in the two organizations, and place these issues in their wider legal and policy contexts. The colloquium aims to strengthen the capacity of universities in developing and transition countries to develop national expertise in intellectual property, thereby building their capacity to provide policy support on current negotiations or discussions in WIPO and WTO.

The colloquium will further strengthen and give structure to the exchange of practical information on relevant national or regional experiences between university teachers and the two Secretariats. Emphasis is laid on enabling participants to develop practical strategies for improving teaching methodologies. To maintain the momentum, it will encourage the establishment and strengthening of contacts between participants and trainers and experts for continuing dialogue and cooperation on intellectual property teaching and research.

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

Who can participate?

What are the practical arrangements?

How do I apply? Interested candidates need to complete the Application Form:

The final 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.

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