The purpose of this one-day consultation workshop is to discuss the topic of Emerging International Law Issues Related to Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge & Cultural Expression, to develop a more detailed research agenda and strategy in relation to this aspect of international intellectual property law, and to identify research partners who would be interested in collaborating with CIGI. The International Law Research Program (ILRP) is looking to build research partnerships with individuals and institutions with interest and expertise on this topic.
As director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.
Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.
Marsha S. Cadogan is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). Her research at CIGI is focused on the interrelationship between geographical indications (GIs) and trademark laws, as well as the global implications of GIs in preferential free trade agreements.