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June 26 – July 7, 2017 (2 weeks)

Course description

The University of Geneva, together with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will organize a two-weeks WIPO-University of Geneva Summer School on Intellectual Property (June 26 to July 7). The Summer School takes place during the first week (June 26 to June 27) in the premises of the University of Geneva Law School, and during the second week (July 3 to July 7) at the WIPO headquarters. The Summer School is open to approximately 60 senior students (graduate and postgraduate students) and young professionals from any field of study or discipline (from law to economics).

The Summer School offers an invaluable education program in intellectual property (IP). Selected applicants will be notified one week after the registration deadline that shall be made online on the WIPO website (see below 5) except for applicants from the University of Geneva who can apply for a free participation (see tab Application).

The objective of the Summer School is to provide an opportunity for advanced students or young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of IP, and to gain an appreciation of IP as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development and the role WIPO plays in the global administration of IP.

The Summer School program covers all main areas of IP (namely, patent law, trademarks, designs and copyright) through a pragmatic, interactive approach. Lecturers are intellectual property experts at WIPO, the University of Geneva, or other institutions.

See the program of previous editions of the WIPO-Unige Summer School available at:

Eligibility Requirements

Participation is not limited to law students. Students in other fields are also encouraged to apply.

Proficiency in English is required. All applicants are required to have successfully completed the WIPO distance learning General Course on Intellectual Property ( before the registration deadline. Please note that priority will be given to those who have completed the said course in the selection of participants.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Geneva, accommodation and living expenses during their participation of the program.



Free-of-charge participation for five University of Geneva students

Five currently enrolled University of Geneva students will be selected to participate in the summer school at no charge.

Applicants should send their résumé (curriculum vitae) together with a letter of motivation (written in English and giving reasons why they wish to apply for the Summer School and what they hope to gain from it) by email to the Secretariat of the Département de droit commercial (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

batton roseDeadline: April 15, 2017


External applicants (non UNIGE students) wishing to take part to the summer school under standard conditions (with registration fees) must apply on line by following the instructions at:   

batton roseDeadline: April 15, 2017




University of Geneva:

Prof. Jacques de Werra, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva

Dr Yaniv Benhamou, Executive Director, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva

Pierre Heuzé, Coordinator, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva


WIPO Summer school coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Schedule & Classes

Download the programme in pdf


Note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.