15 Years of TRIPS: Rethinking IP and Development


The Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) has been at the forefront of driving national IP and trade policy in India. The reins of this institution passed on recently from noted scholar Biswajit Dhar to Abhiijt Das, a thought leader who drove some very important policy initiatives in his past avatar as UNCTAD’s head in India; most notably, for those of us in the IP community, he was instrumental in shifting the focus away from merely registering GI’s to helping translate the registrations into tangible benefits for traditional artisan communities and the like.

The Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) boasts some very accomplished names. Most in the IP circuit are familiar with Madhukar Sinha, the ex registrar of copyrights who is credited with ushering in an era of transparent and open IP policy making in India by opening up the copyright amendment bill to public scrutiny and debate. He is also the brain behind the institution of IP Chairs across the various leading institutions in India.

CWS, in partnership with the South Centre, Geneva has just put together a wonderful 2 day seminar to introspect on “15 years of TRIPS: Rethinking Intellectual Property and Development”. For those interested, this event is slated for 28 -29 April 2011 at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi.

The program boasts some very reputed names in the IP and Development space, including Carlos Correa (author of a leading treatise on IP and TRIPS), Martin Khor, Fred Abbot, German Velasquez, Sanya Reid Smith, Viviana Munoz, Ambassadors S Narayanan and B.L. Das, Biswajit Dhar, Sunil Mani, N.S. Gopalakrishnan, DG Shah, Anand Grover and Leena Menghaney. The keynote address will be delivered by the Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma.

Madhukar Sinha of the Centre for WTO Studies has requested that those who wish to participate may please send him email at madhukar[at]iift.ac.in. Since the capacity is limited, participation would be restricted to ‘first-come-first-served’. To access the complete programme, see here.

Shamnad Basheer

Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He's also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof. Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Prof. Basheer joined Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Later, he was the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and also a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. Prof. Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP, the Stanford Technology Law Review and CREATe. He was consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also served on several government committees.

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