International Intellectual Property Law: A View from WIPO

International Intellectual Property Law: A View from WIPO

Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Noon | UC Davis School of Law, King Hall, Rm. 1001 | Lunch Provided

Dr. Edward Kwakwa | Legal Counsel, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

In this lecture, Edward Kwakwa will explore why and how IP is one of the fastest growing areas of law worldwide. He will examine the agenda at WIPO, which has included discussions on substantive patent law harmonization; exceptions and limitations in various areas of IP law; the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources; and the role of IP in development.

Edward Kwakwa is Legal Counsel at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. Before joining WIPO, Kwakwa practiced corporate and international trade law and investment with the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Washington, D.C., worked as International Legal Adviser at the Commission on Global Governance in Geneva, as Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and as Legal Affairs Officer at the World Trade Organization. His publications include two books and numerous articles on international law. He is currently serving as Vice-President of the African Foundation for International Law, Member of the Governing Council of Africa Legal Aid, Member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on the Responsibility of International Organizations, and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. Kwakwa holds an LL.B from the University of Ghana, an LL.M. from Queen’s University in Canada, and an LL.M. and  an J.S.D. from Yale University.