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International and European Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management

IGIR’s intellectual property research group is a uniquely deep and broad group of multidisciplinary researchers working on intellectual property, innovation and knowledge management. The group has a particularly strong expertise in the field of international, European and comparative intellectual property research and analysis. The composition of the group allows for a wide geographical and linguistic research scope, enabling its researchers to excel at contrasting and comparing rationales, examining implementations of different forms of IP, and conducting evaluations of the goals and effectiveness of innovation and IP policy. The group has extensive experience in assessing the European Union’s intellectual property policy and its impact on the EU legal order, the external sphere and the national systems of the Member States. The staff have researched EU policies and authored studies on pharmaceutical patents, biotechnology patents, trade secrets, IP enforcement (ACTA), industrial designs, competition and standards, and copyright.

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International and European Trade and Investment Law

IGIR’s international trade and investment research group focuses on the challenges posed by the limiting effect of international rules regarding trade liberalisation and investment protection on the sovereign autonomy of states to pursue important societal objectives. Not only the substantive obligations contained in the international trade and investment regimes but also the institutional arrangements through which these obligations are developed and enforced can have significant implications for the regulatory autonomy of States. Societal concern on these issues is evident from the intense public debate on the mega-regional trade and investment agreements recently concluded or currently being negotiated, such as the Canada - EU Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States, which aim at an unprecedented level of economic integration and regulatory coordination. The group is well placed to examine the increasing interaction between the international trade and investment regimes, and to benefit from opportunities to develop new insights arising from this interaction.

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International and European Economic Law and Policy

Together, the IGIR research group focuses on the concept of “Trust in Trade”, which serves as an overarching focal point to address the regulation of Global Markets and the role that national, regional and international actors and institutions play in this regard.
The rise of economic nationalism signals the erosion of trust in international trade and the rules that govern it. For stakeholders to trust the international economic law (IEL) regime, it is crucial that it takes sufficient account of their interests and appropriately balances them in case of conflict. This trust is under pressure, as is evident in efforts for law making/reform, implementation, and enforcement of law. This theme aims to suggest ways to restore trust in trade.
At the law-making level, trust in the institutions and the output they produce depends on whether, and in what form, stakeholders can have an input. At the implementation and compliance level, trust stems from the quality of rules, their ability to serve the intended purpose and appropriately balance conflicting interests of stakeholders. At the enforcement level, trust is a determining factor for its effectiveness and it is based on legitimacy, procedural safeguards, costs and efficiency.
The “Trust in Trade” concept enables the Institute and its research groups to align itself with the Faculty’s research programme in that it squarely falls within the Globalising Markets focal point, while also making excursions to Global justice (WTO), Institutional transformations, and Cross-border cooperation and mobility possible.

IGIR organizes its research according to three research lines.

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    International and European Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management

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    International and European Trade and Investment Law

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    International and European Economic Law and Policy

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