Fostering a Dynamic IP System Based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Global Digital Encounters

Encounter 10

Tuesday March 2nd, 2021.
5pm-6pm CEST

Global Digital Encounters

Encounter 10

Fostering a Dynamic IP System Based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Tuesday March 2nd, 2021.
5pm-6pm CEST


Further to the COVID Crisis, it is now generally admitted that sustainable development in all its aspects (including economic, social, cultural, environmental aspects) has become an urgent priority for mankind. This is why, as Organizers of the Global Digital Encounters, we considered a priority to dedicate the current Global Digital Encounter n°10 to” Fostering a Dynamic Intellectual Property System Based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. Indeed, IP plays a key role in economic, social and cultural development of all our countries. How can and will IP contribute to meeting these basic human needs, largely summarized in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030? How the current IP system will /may be affected by the Sustainable Development Goals?  Verbal rhetoric on the SDGs took place as soon as these objectives were created, with some countries highly mobilized in concrete actions and others being approving them without taking much action. As one of the very few positive lessons learned from the COVID pandemics, it can be noted that in this moment large number of countries in the world, as well as the European Union, are embarking in far more voluntary policies that would contribute to better meeting the SDGs: if the IP System can play an active role on this, how will the IP system be transformed positively or affected by the impulse of meeting SDGs? Mankind, States, and thus Legislators, are therefore facing unprecedented complex challenges. Which meanings might be expected from this evolution /revolution? Would there be space for diverse scenarios, such as further and diverse IP international harmonization? World renowned Speakers will provide a global picture of this positive evolution for the IP world under a deeply transformed post-crisis world and will elaborate on possible future scenarios.



Meet the Panel

Professor Edward KWAKWA

Assistant Director General, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, WIPO

Professor Peter YU

Regents Professor of Law and Communication. Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University

Moderated by: Professor Miriam ALLENA

Professor of Environmental Law, Bocconi University.


Encounter 10: Fostering a Dynamic IP System Based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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About our Speakers

Professor Edward KWAKWA (CV)

Assistant Director General, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. 

He served as General Counsel at WIPO from 2004 through 2016. 

Kwakwa holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Ghana, an LL.M. from Queen’s University in Canada, and an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School in the U.S.A. 

Before joining WIPO, Kwakwa practiced corporate and international trade law and investment with the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Washington, D.C., worked as International Legal Adviser at the Commission on Global Governance in Geneva, as Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and as Legal Affairs Officer at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Professor Peter YU (CV)

Regents Professor of Law and Communication and Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University. He previously held the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University Law School and was Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. He served as a visiting professor of law at Bocconi University, Hanken School of Economics, Hokkaido University, the University of Haifa, the University of Helsinki, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Strasbourg. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Peter is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law. A prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher, he is the author or editor of seven books and more than 180 law review articles and book chapters. He is Vice-President and Co-Director of Studies of the American Branch of the International Law Association and has served as the general editor of The WIPO Journal published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Miriam ALLENA (CV)

Associate Professor of Administrative Law at Bocconi University of Milan, where she teaches EU Environmental Law, Italian Administrative Law, Global Administrative Law. She also teaches International environmental law at the Master in Sustainability and Energy Management (MASEM) of the same University and at the Università della Svizzera Italiana.

Previously, she was Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies of the University of Oxford (UK) (2014-2016), Assistant Professor at Bocconi University (2014-2020), and Assistant Professor at Catholic University of Milan (2012-2014). In 2019, she joined Baker & McKenzie (Administrative and Environmental Law practice group).

Her research interests include the Influence of the ECHR on Italian administrative proceedings and trial, the public regulation of economic activities, environmental law also in connection with new technologies such as blockchain. She has published extensively in these areas both in Italian and in International Journals.

She was visiting researcher in several Universities around the world, including Berkeley Law School (CA), Trinity College of Dublin, Université Montesquieu of Bordeaux, University of Reading (UK), New York University (NY).

She is often invited as a speaker in symposia and seminars in Italy and abroad. 

She has worked as a consultant for the Italian Ministry of the Public Administration and for the Italian Ministry of the Environment (Joint Program ‘Policy responses to climate change: sustainable development and energy transition in Ethiopia’), as well as for the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan.

She has been invited several times at the Senate of the Italian Republic to comment on draft laws under discussion in the Parliament.

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