• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

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. 

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Articulate and critically analyse the core principles of intellectual property law from an international law perspective;
  2. Define and contrast the comparative roles of the various elements of the international system which deal with intellectual property law;
  3. Describe and critically analyse international policy issues concerning intellectual property;
  4. Demonstrate an advanced  understanding of the issues concerning intellectual property and development;
  5. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the interaction between intellectual property law and legal mechanisms on trade, environment, and human rights;
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with the jurisprudence and procedure of the application of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism to intellectual property disputes;
  7. 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
  8. Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship in the field of international intellectual property law.

Other Information

This 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 Assessment

Assessment for this course is likely to consist of:
  1. A review essay (30%, 2,000 words)
  2. A major research essay (70%, 5,000 words).
Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

26 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.

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law and be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level or 6100 level courses, and LAWS2250 International Law or LAWS6250 International Law OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8182 Principles of International Law OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) and have completed either LAWS8162 Military Operations Law or LAWS8166 Adv Military Operations Law OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Preliminary Reading

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.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5792 26 Mar 2018 26 Mar 2018 06 Apr 2018 10 May 2018 In Person N/A

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