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Edward Kwakwa

Edward Kwakwa, Legal Counsel at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

International IP Topic of Distinguished Speaker Kwakwa

January 28, 2016

Tags: Centers of Distinction, Faculty & Scholarship, 2016, News

The McGeorge Distinguished Speaker Series and Global Center presented Edward Kwakwa, Legal Counsel at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, on Wednesday, Jan. 27 as part of the law school's IP Week program. Professor Raquel Aldana, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, introduced the talk.

Kwakwa spoke on the topic of "International Intellectual Property Law: A View From WIPO" at the Grand Salon on campus. Kwakwa explored why and how IP is one of the fastest growing areas of law worldwide. He examined the normative agenda at WIPO, which has included discussions on substantive patent law harmonization; exceptions and limitations in various areas of IP law; the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources; and, the role of IP in development.

Before joining WIPO, Kwakwa practiced corporate and international trade law and investment with the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers in Washington, D.C., worked as International Legal Adviser at the Commission on Global Governance in Geneva, as Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and as Legal Affairs Officer at the World Trade Organization. His publications include two books and numerous articles on international law. He is currently serving as Vice-President of the African Foundation for International Law, Member of the Governing Council of Africa Legal Aid, Member of the International Law Association's Study Group on the Responsibility of International Organizations, and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. Kwakwa holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Ghana, an LL.M. from Queen's University in Canada, and an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale University.

Upcoming and Recent Speakers

The McGeorge Distinguished Speaker Series is hosting professor Devon Carbado, UCLA School of Law, on Thursday, Feb. 4 at noon in Classroom G during McGeorge's Diversity Week. He will present "Race and Police Violence: Causes and Solutions," followed by a discussion. Professor Carbado's talk is co-sponsored by the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and McGeorge Law Admissions & Diversity Initiatives.

Professor Devon Carbado is the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He joined the UCLA School of Law faculty in 1997 where he teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Criminal Adjudication. A board member of the African American Policy Forum, Professor Carbado was the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in 2012. Professor Carbado is also faculty co-director of UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies Program, the only program of its kind in the United States engaged in the study of the intersection between race and the law. He writes in the areas of employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and identity. He is the author of Acting White? Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America (Oxford University Press) (with Mitu Gulati) and the editor of several volumes, including Race Law Stories (Foundation Press) (with Rachel Moran), The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives (Beacon Press) (with Donald Weise), and Time on Two Crosses: The Collective Writings of Bayard Rustin (Cleis Press) (with Donald Weise). Professor Carbado is currently working on a series of articles on race, law, and police violence.Professor Aslı Bâli

Professor Aslı Bâli, UCLA School of Law, presented "Constitutional Design in Religiously Divided Societies," on Jan. 21 as part of the McGeorge Distinguished Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the Global Center. Professor Bâli is Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. She teaches in the international and comparative law program and her research interests include human rights, the laws of war and the use of armed force, and the comparative law of the Middle East. Professor Bâli is the author of numerous articles including, "Designing Constitutions in Religiously Divided Societies" (forthcoming Cornell International Law Journal, 2016), "Negotiating Non-Proliferation: International Law and Delegation in the Iranian Nuclear Crisis (UCLA Law Journal, 2014), and "Courts and Constitutional Transition: Lessons from the Turkish Case" (International Journal of Constitutional Law, 2013). A graduate of the Yale Law School, she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University. Prior to joining academia, Professor Bâli worked as a lawyer for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as for the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She also currently serves as chair of the Advisory Committee for the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch.