• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

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:

  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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A review essay (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  2. A major research essay (5,000 words). (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]

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  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; or Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MINLD) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for appropriate permission.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.


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