This course will cover the principal international institutions dealing with substantive IP law, current international debates, and the practice of WTO dispute settlement. Topics include:
- The international framework for intellectual property law
- Background to WIPO and the WTO TRIPS Agreement
- Intellectual property as an international issue in relation to trade, development, technology transfer, the environment, and human rights
- The law and practice of the WTO TRIPS Agreement
- Current international responses to intellectual property issues Harmonisation and diversity in national intellectual property law
This course considers a number of key issues of the debate over intellectual property and development, including:
- the WIPO Development Agenda;
- the World Trade Organization and the TRIPS Agreement;
- bilateral and regional TRIPS-Plus Agreements, and the proposed Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
- the WIPO Copyright Treaties, access to knowledge (A2K) and the Creative Commons;
- trade mark law, geographical indications, Fair Trade labels, and other certification schemes;
- The Doha Declaration, the TRIPS Waiver, the WHO Global Strategy, and access to essential medicines
- The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, intellectual property and climate change;
- The Convention on Biological Diversity, access to genetic resources, and traditional knowledge; and
The UPOV Convention, the FAO Agreement on Plant Genetic Resources, agricultural intellectual property and food security.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:
- Articulate and critically analyse the core principles of intellectual property law from an international law perspective;
- Define and contrast the comparative roles of the various elements of the international system which deal with intellectual property law;
- Describe and critically analyse international policy issues concerning intellectual property;
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the issues concerning intellectual property and development;
- Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the interaction between intellectual property law and legal mechanisms on trade, environment, and human rights;
- Demonstrate familiarity with the jurisprudence and procedure of the application of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism to intellectual property disputes;
- Articulate and critically analyse emerging issues and issues under negotiation, including those concerned with access to knowledge, biotechnology, climate change, trademarks and geographical indications, access to genetic resources, and the protection of traditional knowledge; and
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship in the field of international intellectual property law.
is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment for this course is likely to consist of:
- A review essay (30%, 2,000 words)
- A major research essay (70%, 5,000 words).
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hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require
advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated
that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching
and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|26 Mar 2018
|26 Mar 2018
|06 Apr 2018
|10 May 2018