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WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program

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Since 2009, when the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program was launched, members of indigenous and local communities have worked in WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division on issues relevant to indigenous peoples.

These include the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), outreach to indigenous peoples and local communities, WIPO’s cooperation with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The fellowship responds to the reciprocal needs for stronger capacity in the rapidly growing domain of indigenous IP law and for strengthened capacity on IP law and policy for indigenous lawyers and policy advisers.

  • Fellowship Program background, tasks and conditions PDF, WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Backgrounder

Indigenous fellows

Year(s)Indigenous fellow name and bioCountry
2015 Ms. Hai-Yuean Tualima PDF, Bio of Ms. Hai-Yuean Tualima Samoa
2013-2014 Mr. Q'apaj Conde Choque Plurinational State of Bolivia
2012 Mrs. Jennifer Tauli Corpuz Philippines
2011 Ms. Gulnara Abbasova Ukraine
2010 Ms. Patricia Adjei Australia
2009 Mr. Eliamani Laltaika United Republic of Tanzania

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