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Call for papers for a 2020 Special Edition of WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the session of the Colloquium initially scheduled for June 2020 was postponed. However, both the WIPO Academy and the WTO committed to keep the momentum, particularly at this difficult time, and are launching a call for papers from WIPO-WTO Colloquium alumni to issue a special edition of the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers (volume 11).

The WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers is a peer-reviewed academic journal, which has been published jointly by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO each year since 2010. Providing a uniquely representative and diverse showcase for emerging IP scholarship from across the globe, the journal aims to stimulate analysis and debate on intellectual property (IP) issues particularly of interest to developing countries. It offers an avenue for the dissemination of a broader and more geographically diverse and representative range of scholarship than is common in much of the academic literature on IP law and policy.

The annual and regional editions of the Colloquium Papers have been based on the proceedings of IP sessions of the Colloquium, which gives scholars a chance to present their papers for peer review. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the postponement of the 2020 session of the Colloquium. However, the two organisations are keen to maintain the momentum of support for and recognition of scholarship from a broader base of researchers, and to provide an avenue for cutting-edge research in a year when IP law and policy issues are more significant than ever. This has led to the current call for papers for a 2020 Special Edition.

2020 Special Edition

Authors: The 2020 Special Edition of the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers is intended to showcase recent original scholarship by the alumni group of scholars who have taken part in past colloquia.

Themes: Papers are particularly invited on three themes:

  • The IP dimension of the COVID-19 pandemic: issues of IP law, policy and practice in responding to a global health crisis;
  • IP, emerging technologies and the challenges and opportunities of the digital environment;
  • Rethinking IP and development: past lessons and new directions for IP law and policy in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Deadline: Abstracts and proposals should be sent by 28 February 2021, with complete research papers due by 30 April 2021.

Editorial guidelines: Guidelines for the Colloquium Papers should be followed for papers submitted; papers should be between 4,000 to 6,000 words in length, together with a short abstract.

Enquiries and submissions: Please submit papers to and by indicating the subject as “WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers: 2020 Special Edition”

Contact Person:

  • Ms Martha Chikowore, Counsellor, WIPO Academy, WIPO
  • Ms Xiaoping Wu, Counsellor, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division, WTO



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