Global IP Negotiations: Between Theory and Practice
Informal Lunchtime Dialogue
6th July 2010
Recent years have witnessed a proliferation of fora dealing with IP issues. From food security to climate change and access to medicines, IP has become a cross cutting issue with important public policy implications. As a result global IP negotiations have significantly gained in complexity. Countries, particularly developing ones, are faced with numerous challenges such as coalition building, articulating coherent national positions to address complex issues and coordinating these positions across different fora. How do countries achieve this? What are the practical difficulties facing country negotiators in global IP negotiations?
On the other hand, academics and experts play and can play an important role in providing empirical research and inputs to better inform global IP negotiations. From the debate on patents and public health to the WIPO Development Agenda, contributions by leading IP academics have played an important role in advancing international discussions on these issues. In this context, how can IP teachers, particularly from developing countries, contribute towards addressing the most salient issues and challenges facing global IP negotiations and the achievement of more balanced and development friendly global IP system?
These are some of the questions that are to be raised in this dialogue which brings together a group of IP teachers, mainly from developing countries, with a group of Geneva based IP negotiators.
12h15 Welcome Remarks and Introduction, Pedro Roffe - Senior Fellow, ICTSD
12h20 Dynamics of IP negotiations in Geneva
Mohamed Gad- Permanent Mission of Egypt
12h35 Coordination and Coherence in Global IP Negotiations
a) The experience of the European Union
Sergio Balibrea – EU Delegation
b) The experience of Brazil
Jose Estanislau do Amaral – Permanent Mission of Brazil
13h00 Challenges facing Small Size Delegations in Global IP negotiations
Makiese kinkela Augusto – Permanent Mission of Angola
Edouard Bizumuremyi – Permanent Mission of Rwanda
13h15 Open Discussion and Exchange of Views
13h40 Concluding Remarks - Ahmed Abdel Latif, IP Programme Manager- ICTSD
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