WIPO-WTO Joint Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights and Transfer of Technology

(Geneva, November 17, 2003)

Speaker - Josef Drexl

Dr. jur. (Munich); LL.M. (Berkeley); Professor of law at the University of Munich; Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich.

Josef Drexl was born in Germany in 1962. He studied law in Munich and Geneva and graduated at the University of Munich in 1988. In 1990, he acquired his Ph.D. degree in law in Munich with a thesis on copyright protection as an issue in the GATT-Uruguay Round negotiations. In year 1992/93, he participated in the LL.M. program at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1996, the law faculty accepted his habilitation thesis on consumer protection. In 1997, Josef Drexl was hired for a Chair for Private Law and European Economic Law at the University of Würzburg, followed by three years of extensive teaching in European law. In 2000, he came back to Munich to join the law faculty where he still holds a Chair for Private Law, European and International Economic Law. Since the beginning of 2001, he is also one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law. At the Institute, he is responsible for competition law. Josef Drexl has published extensively in the fields of intellectual property, competition law, consumer law and WTO law. He is one of the co-authors of the Draft International Antitrust Code (so-called Munich Draft) of 1993. Currently, he is mostly interested in the future development of international competition law and choice of law issues of intellectual property law.