Participation in this event is by invitation only

Established in March 2017, the CIGI Traditional Knowledge Expert Group serves as a thought lab, comprised of leading academic and indigenous experts in this field. The expert group meets twice a year to discuss strategic guidance on CIGI’s current work on traditional knowledge and map out future directions.

At CIGI the Intellectual Property and the Governance of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Fostering Innovation and Improving Lives project seeks to establish a leading research hub offering policy analysis, technical assistance, capacity building and intellectual leadership for the governance of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions.

Event Speakers

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Bassem Awad

Former Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Bassem Awad was the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.

Margo A. Bagley

Margo A. Bagley 

CIGI Senior Fellow

Margo A. Bagley is a CIGI senior fellow, where she serves as a member of the traditional knowledge expert working group. At CIGI, she will be researching the intersection of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s draft Design Law Treaty with disclosure of origin requirements for traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions and the promise and peril of defensive protection for traditional knowledge. Margo also leads a number of case studies analyzing the instituted governance regime for traditional knowledge and genetic resources in Colombia and Ecuador.

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director, International Law

As director of international law at CIGI, 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.

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

CIGI Senior Fellow

Ruth Okediji is a CIGI senior fellow and chair of the expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. She is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and serves as co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. 

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