VIR21-38

Title of the activity
WIPO-WTO Colloquium for IP Teachers
Activity Type
Virtual workshop - Global
Description
This Colloquium is the 17th jointly organized by the WTO and WIPO for teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The colloquium seeks to be a multidisciplinary event, open to economists and other university teachers working in the field of intellectual property.

The colloquium will update university teachers on the activities and instruments of the WIPO and the WTO with focus on important policy issues under negotiation or discussion in the two organizations. 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.
Venue
Switzerland
Trade topic
TRIPS
Start Date
End Date

Closed to online applications

Only applications from nationals of invited countries listed below, whose professional sector match the target audience specified for the activity, will be accepted.
Duration (days)
10
selection process
What are the practical arrangements?
The working language is English. 35 places are available for applicants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

How do I apply?
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant for the 35 places must currently work as a university teacher in intellectual property in a developing country or in a country with an economy in transition, and have at least five years’ teaching experience. In addition, an ongoing role in policy analysis or advice with respect to WIPO or WTO discussions or negotiations is desirable; an established track record in research and publication in the field of intellectual property is also desirable; applicants must have an advanced degree and teaching experience in intellectual property law or international law/economics/management with a specialization in intellectual property;
applicants must have an excellent knowledge of English.

Applicants should identify a specific topical intellectual property policy or legal issue that is currently under active debate or review in the applicant’s country or region, on which he/she would be ready to make a short presentation and prepare a paper for subsequent publication. A one-page summary of this presentation must accompany the application form.

Selection of candidates
The 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. A list of selected participants for the 2020 colloquium, which did not take place due to sanitary situation caused by Covid-19, is being used to invite them to the upcoming virtual colloquium in November 2021.
Pre-requisite
Only 35 places are available for applicants from developing countries and economies in transition.

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements: (i) Work as a university teacher of intellectual property in a developing country or in a country with an economy in transition, with at least five years' teaching experience; an ongoing role in policy advice with respect to WIPO/WTO negotiations is desirable; (ii) Be in possession of an advanced degree in intellectual property law or in international law/economics/management with a specialization in intellectual property; (iii) Have an excellent knowledge of English; (iv) Indicate a specific topical intellectual property policy or legal issue that is currently under active debate or review in the application's country or region on which he/she would be ready to make a short presentation; this may include significant new jurisprudence on IP. Candidates are advised to provide a one-page summary of this topic together with the Application Form, as this would greatly strengthen their prospects for selection.
Target Audience
Academics
Language
English
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations
Beneficiaries
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain, Kingdom of
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia, Plurinational State of
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Chinese Taipei
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Côte dʼIvoire
Cuba
Curaçao
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong, China
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea, Republic of
Kuwait, the State of
Kyrgyz Republic
Lao Peopleʼs Democratic Republic
Lebanese Republic
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Macao, China
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova, Republic of
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sao Tomé and Principe
Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Syrian Arab Republic
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
The Gambia
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Viet Nam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe