World Intellectual Property Organization

Speakers: Sisule F. Musungu

Mr. Musungu is the Team Leader, Intellectual Property, Investment and Technology Transfer at the South Centre in Geneva. He is responsible for coordinating the work of the Centre on major intellectual property, investment and technology transfer policy issues and for generating ideas and action-oriented proposals on these issues.

He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Health Action International - Africa (HAI Africa), a co-founder and Joint Editor of the Africa International Trade Review and a member of the Advisory Board of 3D - Trade - Human Rights - Equitable Economy.

Mr. Musungu who has consulted for, and or acted as an advisor to various UN agencies, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and national governments, is the author of a number of publications and papers on intellectual property, trade, and on human rights. Some of his recent publications include, among others: "International Intellectual Property Standard-Setting: A Review of the Role of Africa in Shaping the Rules for the Regulation of the Knowledge Economy", in Yusuf, A., (ed.), African Yearbook of International Law, African Foundation of International Law: 2006, pp. 169-189 ; "The Right to Health, Intellectual Property, and Competition Principles", in Cottier, T., Pauwelyn, J., and L. Burgi (eds.), Human Rights and International Trade, Oxford University Press, Oxford: 2005; and "Rethinking Innovation, Development, and Intellectual Property in the UN: WIPO and Beyond", Issues Papers, No. 5, QIAP, Ottawa: 2005. In 2002 Mr. Musungu co-authored, with Prof. Correa the paper titled "The WIPO Patent Agenda: The Risks for Developing Countries", T.R.A.D.E Working Papers 12, published by the South Centre.

Mr. Musungu, who is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree from the University of Pretoria, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Nairobi as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

Previously, he worked as an associate at the law firm Hamilton, Harrison and Mathews in Nairobi.

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