High-Level Dialogue: Trips at 30

The WTO TRIPS Agreement, established under the Marrakesh Agreement on April 15, 1994, celebrates three decades of implementation this April 25th. Coinciding with the TRIPS Council meeting, this panel will showcases the diverse experiences of WTO Members in implementing the TRIPS framework. The panel will also highlight the role of intellectual property systems in fostering knowledge creation, dissemination, and accessibility, while promoting sustainable development and societal welfare. The discussion also aims to explore the future trajectory of the TRIPS Agreement amid ongoing technological, economic, and social shifts.

Panel B: The TRIPS Agreement at 30 – perspectives on future directions


Mr Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)


Mr. Edward Kwakwa, Assistant Director General, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Prof. Thomas Cottier, Professor Emeritus, European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern
Prof. Frederick M. Abbott, Edward Ball Eminent Scholar, Professor of International Law, Florida State University
Prof. Ruth Okediji, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard Law School
Dr. Carlos Maria Correa, Executive Director, South Centre
Dr. Thierry Calame, Managing partner, Lenz & Staehelin

The panel discussion takes place on Thursday, April 25, 2024, 17:00 – 18:00. Please find more information about the event on the WTO website.

17:00 18:00
Geneva WTO