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Building Respect for Intellectual Property Legal Fellowship

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Patent and Intellectual property
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-14

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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\:  Please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant's location.


1.    Organizational Context

The fellowship is located in the Policy and Cooperation unit in the Building Respect for Intellectual Property (IP) Division, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector.  Within the context of Strategic Goal VI of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and guided by Recommendation 45 of the WIPO Development Agenda, this Division is responsible for fostering international cooperation among Member States and other stakeholders to build respect for IP and to enforce IP rights in the interest of socio economic development and consumer protection.  With this aim, the Division, inter alia, facilitates international policy dialogue on building respect for IP, including in cooperation with other relevant international organizations, and provides technical assistance to Member States in the areas of legislation, training and awareness raising

2.    Duties and Responsibilities

The fellow performs the following principal duties\:

a)    Assisting in the development of consultative networks and the implementation of measures to strengthen the cooperation with representatives of WIPO Member States, other intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and civil society, with a view to creating synergies and promoting joint activities to build respect for IP;

b)    Coordinating, with the guidance of more senior colleagues, the substantive preparation and implementation of the activities foreseen under the yearly FIT RoK/BRIP work plans, including liaising with the MCST and relevant WIPO colleagues. 

c)    Assisting in the substantive and administrative services provided by the WIPO Secretariat to the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) and related briefings and consultations, in particular by preparing initial drafts of the working documents prepared by the WIPO Secretariat;  contributing to revising, analyzing and editing external draft working documents and helping coordinate and contributing to the coordination of commissioned studies and presentations;

d)    Upon request, preparing for and/or representing WIPO in conferences and meetings organized by WIPO Member States, Observers and other international organizations at the appropriate level and delivering presentations on topical issues in the area of building respect for IP;

e)    Upon request, assisting in the planning and implementation of WIPO training programs, cooperation activities and conferences on building respect for IP, including through the preparation of draft programs and draft reports on these activities;

f)    Upon request, assisting in the Division’s technical assistance to WIPO Member States in the field of IP enforcement, by analyzing Member States’ existing or draft laws, including their civil and criminal procedures and remedies, and preparing initial draft comments in response to requests by WIPO Member States for advice as to how to revise or draft their laws;

g)    Undertaking legal research related to building respect for IP and IP enforcement and preparing drafts of materials to be published by the Division, including papers and newsletters;

h)    Performing other related duties as required, including contributing to the preparation of internal WIPO reports and other administrative documents in English for the Division.

3.    Requirements

a)    Education\:


University degree in law, international affairs, political sciences or a relevant subject.


Specialization in intellectual property law. 

b)    Languages\:


Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Korean. 


Good knowledge of another UN language.

c)    Experience\:


At least six months of relevant professional legal experience in the public or private sector.


Practical experience with the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Experience conducting legal research in the field of intellectual property.
Understanding of copyright in the digital environment.

d)    Knowledge, skills and competencies\: 


Ability to design and conduct research and analyze defined aspects of legal issues.

Ability to analyze legal questions, and draft legal texts, presenting information clearly and logically in English in written and oral form.

Ability to organize and coordinate projects or aspects of projects in order to work toward defined results.

Ability to establish priorities for oneself and others and to work quickly and accurately under pressure in order to meet strict deadlines.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the Internet.


Knowledge of international IP law.

Knowledge of project management techniques, including planning, implementation and monitoring.

4.    Organizational Competencies\: 

1.    Communicating effectively
2.    Showing team spirit
3.    Demonstrating integrity
4.    Valuing diversity
5.    Producing results
6.    Showing service orientation
7.    Seeing the big picture
8.    Seeking change and innovation
9.    Developing yourself and others

5.    Terms and Conditions

a)    Term of fellowship\:  up to 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 12 months, up to a maximum of two years.

b)    Anticipated start date\:  October 1, 2021.

c)    Location\:  WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

d)    Stipend\:  CHF 5,000 per month.

e)    Contribution toward travel expenses will be provided as stipulated in the WIPO Fellowship Policy.  If necessary, WIPO may provide assistance in obtaining an entry visa
to Switzerland.

f)    WIPO provides medical and accident insurance coverage during the course of the fellowship.

g)    WIPO will request a carte de légitimation for the Fellow, which serves as a residence and work permit, from the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and to the other international organizations in Geneva.  Family members of the Fellow are not eligible for a carte de legitimation.

h)    Tax and social security\:  Fellows shall be solely responsible for meeting any taxation and social security obligations that may arise directly or indirectly from their contract with WIPO.

6.     Additional Information

Fellows are not staff members of WIPO and the position does not lead to any employment rights and entitlements beyond the terms of the fellowship. 

7.    How Do I Apply?

Candidates for a Fellowship in 2021 should ensure that their completed applications and letters of motivation are submitted through WIPO’s electronic recruitment system by July 31, 2021, before 11\:59\:00 p.m. Geneva time.

Only those candidates who are shortlisted for a written test and an interview (via videoconference) will be contacted, in which case candidates will be required to provide a scanned copy of an identification or passport and the specified degree(s) / diploma(s) / certificate(s).

Please note that the fellowship is subject to satisfactory professional references.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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