WIPO-WTO Colloquiums for Intellectual Property Teachers, 15-26 June 2020, World Trade Organization, Switzerland


April 15, 2020

Event Date:

June 15, 2020 - June 26, 2020

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WIPO-WTO Colloquiums for Intellectual Property Teachers

Since 2004, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have jointly organized annual two-week colloquiums for teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The aim is to help the teachers become more aware of the Geneva institutions, negotiations and other activities dealing with intellectual property law and policy, and to strengthen their countries’ independent research, policy analysis and teaching in international intellectual property law with its diverse policy contexts. Building on the success of the annual colloquium, WIPO and the WTO have held since 2017 an annual regionally-focussed colloquium, which aims to take a closer look at specific regional trends and strengthen academic networks.

What is the colloquium meant to achieve?

Participants are teachers and researchers in intellectual property and closely related disciplines. The programme aims to update them on the activities and instruments of WIPO and the WTO. It focuses on policy issues that are discussed or negotiated in the two organizations, and places these issues in their wider legal and policy contexts. The colloquium aims to strengthen the ability of developing and transition countries’ universities to develop national expertise in intellectual property, providing enhanced policy support for these countries on current negotiations or discussions in the two organizations.

The content is designed to be practical. The colloquiums boost the exchange of information on relevant national or regional experiences between university teachers and the two Secretariats, giving the dialogue a structure. Emphasis is given to enabling participants to develop strategies for improving teaching methods. To maintain the momentum, they encourage participants, trainers and experts to build strong contacts with each other afterwards so that they continue to work together to improve intellectual property teaching and research.

The colloquiums have benefited from the participation of an impressive field of scholars and teachers, thanks to a selective application process and a strong demand for places. They have evolved into true “colloquiums” — academic dialogues or meetings for discussion — with participants called upon to make an active intellectual contribution to the programme, drawing especially on the current issues and policy debates confronting their home countries. Participants are requested to make a presentation on specific topical intellectual property policy or legal issue that is currently under active debate or review in their country or region. In order to capture many insights that are gleaned from the participants’ presentations and vigorous discussions, and at the instigation of many participants, in 2010, it was decided to publish a selection of these contributions in a formal publication series. 

Key themes

  • Overview of international law and policy in intellectual property
  • Intellectual property and economic development
  • Current international landscape — legal, policy and development dimensions - in intellectual property, including
    • copyright
    • patents
    • trademarks and industrial designs
    • geographical indications
    • Intellectual property and public health
    • Protection of biotechnology and new varieties of plants
    • Intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore: the current international landscape and future directions
    • Intellectual property and transfer of technology and licensing
    • Enforcement of intellectual property
    • Intellectual property and competition policy
    • Intellectual property and climate change
    • Intellectual property and artificial intelligence
    • Intellectual property and jurisprudence
  • WTO Dispute Settlement and the TRIPS Agreement 
  • WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and Internet Domain Name Dispute
  • Primary sources and information resources in the field of intellectual property 
  •  Intellectual property teaching

Rules and submission guide


The publication "WIPO-WTO Colloquium Research Papers" has been developed to showcase the academic papers of participants. This publication aims to promote dynamic scholarship and to raise the profile of intellectual property (IP) law and policy developments in developing countries across a broader and more geographically diverse and representative base than is common in much published scholarship on IP law and policy. Therefore, the papers chosen for this publication should address emerging or contentious issues that are at the frontier of the evolving IP systems of each author's country or region; and at the same time would be of interest to a wider audience of scholars, analysts, policy makers and members of the general public that have an interest in IP.

The present guide has been prepared to provide authors with the rules governing the publication process. It is critical that you read it thoroughly and check your completed submission to ensure that it complies with all the requirements set in it.

Essential Points: Editorial Policy

  • It is critical for each author to take full responsibility for ensuring that their paper is of the highest quality and conforms to all the requirements of the guide. These requirements include complete and properly formatted footnotes and bibliographies, as well as the grammar and coherence of the text.
  • Only those papers that meet a high level of substantive and structural quality will be considered. Therefore, papers that are received in a format that differs from this editorial guide or that are expressed in language that is in need of extensive editing to make it publishable as a scholarly work in the English language, will be returned to the author for correction and editing as required, but without detailed description of the areas in need of correction. 
  • Authors retain copyright over their individual papers, but they agree to licence to WIPO and the WTO the right to make first publication of their papers. WIPO and the WTO retain joint copyright over the compilation of the Colloquium papers.

What are the practical arrangements? 

The working language is English. Twenty-seven places are available for applicants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The organizers cover their travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. An additional five places are available for applicants from developed countries, but they participate at their own expense.

How do I apply?

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant for the 27 funded 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

The same criteria apply for applicants for the self-funded places allocated for developed country participants.

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.

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Eligible Countries
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Phillipines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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January 23, 2020