IP & Environmental Law
How does intellectual property impact clean technology innovation and environmentally sustainable development? That’s the central question we examine in this course. The class begins by framing intellectual property issues within the global governance framework. It then explores a series of thematic subtopics:
- Does IP facilitate the invention of clean technologies, and their diffusion around the world?
- What is the role of IP in conserving or sharing the benefits of biodiversity?
- How does IP restrict or enable access to plants’ genetic resources for food and agriculture?
- Which laws govern IP rights and potential liabilities regarding technological innovations?
Students in the course engage in interactive classroom discussion and actively participate in a simulation of international negotiations. Grades are based on the IP and Environmental Law take-home exam due six weeks following our last class, which requires to students to choose and answer one of several alternate questions.