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TILT seminar by Wei Zhuang

Intellectual Property Rights and Climate Change: Interpreting the TRIPS Agreement for Environmentally Sound Technologies


The UN General Assembly has characterized climate change as “a common concern of mankind”. It is alleged that innovation and transfer of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), which form part of the solution to climate change, have not taken place fast enough to effectively mitigate climate change. To the extent that ESTs are protected by intellectual property rights (IPRs), there is a growing recognition that the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) could play a more important role in mitigating climate change. This book seeks to make the WTO TRIPS Agreement a more efficient and effective instrument for facilitating innovation and transfer of ESTs, mainly through legal interpretative devices.

Two main research questions addressed in the book will be discussed in the session:

  • First, whether and, if so, to what extent do the minimum IPR standards established by the TRIPS Agreement facilitate innovation and transfer of ESTs?
  • Second, whether and, if so, to what extent can the TRIPS flexibilities be interpreted to facilitate innovation and transfer of ESTs so as to address global climate change?

More information about the book


Dr. Wei ZHUANG is Counsel with Praximondo, a Geneva-based firm. She advises governments, international organizations as well as companies on all aspects of international trade law, assists governments in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and assists companies in trade remedy investigations. Previously, she worked at the United Nations and the WTO. She was a Marie Curie Fellow with the DISSETTLE (Dispute Settlement in Trade: Training in Law and Economics) Programme, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge (Lauterpacht Centre for International Law), and a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law.

Wei holds a Ph.D. in international law and an LL.M in international dispute settlement (MIDS). She is the author of the book "Intellectual Property Rights and Climate Change: Interpreting the TRIPS Agreement for Environmentally Sound Technologies" (CUP, 2017).


Registration is free, but please register via Ghislaine van den Maagdenberg: g.vdnmaagdenberg@tilburguniversity.edu


M 1003

When: 27 November 2018 12:00

End date: 27 November 2018 13:30

Where: Montesquieu building