Dieter Ernst

Dieter Ernst is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), focusing on unresolved challenges for the global governance of trade, intellectual property and innovation.

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Senior Fellow Dieter Ernst joined CIGI in May 2016. At CIGI, Dieter’s research explores unresolved challenges for the global governance of trade, intellectual property (IP) and innovation, addressing two issues in particular: Finding out what adjustments are needed in the development and use of IP, especially patents and trade secrets, to cope with the requirements of increasingly complex and diverse global corporate networks of production and innovation; and dealing with the effects of the proliferation of strategic patenting behaviour on the organization and governance of these global networks.

Based in Hawaii, he is currently a senior fellow at the East-West Centre. Previously, he served as a member of the US National Academies’ Committee on Global Approaches to Advanced Computing, as a senior adviser to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris and as a research director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy at the University of California at Berkeley.

Previously, Dieter was a professor of international business at the Copenhagen Business School and served as a scientific adviser to governments, private companies and international institutions, including the World Bank, the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the UN Industrial Development Organization.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Bremen.

His publications can be accessed on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).