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Course Overview

Students will explore the diverse elements of law which constitute international intellectual property law. We will consider the framework of international conventions, copyright and moral rights (with a particular focus on new developments and the digital age), patents, designs, the work of the World Health Organisation and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Throughout the challenge is to identify conflicts and synergies, and areas for future development, through regard to cases, scholarship, and the activities of policy makers and activists. Assessment is by an essay, an exam and an individual presentation.     

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Prof Abbe Brown

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Law (LS) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Master of Laws in International Law and Strategic Studies (Studied)
  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Studied)
  • Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course considers key issues relating to international intellectual property law which may vary from year to year consistent with the legal and social evolution of the field; the course will explore copyright, patents, designs, their relationship with regional and international treaties and international organisations; key themes will be drawn together in a practical presentation session.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

60% 2 hour exam, 30% essay of 3000 words and 10% oral presentation

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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