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New Distance Learning Course for Judges

December 19, 2018

The WIPO Academy launched a new general distance learning course on intellectual property (IP) for judges as one of the outcomes of the Judicial Training Institutions Project mandated by the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).

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The general course on IP for judges is now available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish on the WIPO eLearning Center. Other language versions of the course will be made available progressively. The course is part of the new Continuing Judicial IP Education Service, which also includes an instructor’s manual for IP training, and an open access network for members of the judiciary.

A course by judges for judges

Renowned judges representing different regions, legal traditions and experiences within the field of IP designed the content of the course. The course makes use of some 60 cases from various legal traditions that would be most useful to judges when applying their knowledge to court rulings.

This course is open to members of the judiciary worldwide, and customized versions of the course are accessible to the judiciaries of Costa Rica, Lebanon, Nepal and Nigeria as they were the pilot countries for the aforementioned project. The pilot countries also benefited from face-to-face judge-to-judge trainings that resulted in 74 magistrates, judges and other members of the judiciary benefiting from 120 hours of IP learning each.

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