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Protecting Africa's Cultural Heritage

Virtual Workshop

Protecting Africa's Cultural Heritage
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The Global Heritage: Science, Management and Development Research Theme and the Nottingham Law School are delighted to invite you to attend this event to learn more about Heritage and Geographical Indications (GI) protection.

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Event details

Geographical Indications (GIs) are a global phenomenon, having spread from Europe to Asia-Pacific, the Americas and now Africa. The African Union and the EU desire to implement a continental strategy to protect Africa’s cultural heritage from misappropriation. The Global Heritage: Science, Management and Development Research Theme and the Nottingham Law School are delighted to invite you to attend this event to learn more about Heritage and Geographical Indications (GI) protection. We will explore two GI protection case studies: traditional Ghanaian Kente textiles; and Tanzania’s single source purple-hued Tanzanite gemstones. The event will culminate with a Q&A panel discussion.

Programme

Keynote Speaker


Professor Edward Kwakwa (edward.kwakwa@wipo.int)

Professor Edward Kwakwa is the Assistant Director General in charge of the Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland (2009-Present); and Extraordinary Professor of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2005-Present).  Edward will discuss his incredible work with the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), the IGC process, WIPO's work and IP Policy.


Associate Professor Dr Janice Denoncourt (Event Moderator)

Jan will introduce the panel of law and university specialists.  Jan is a qualified Australian Trade Mark Attorney. Her interest in gemstones began when she studied geology at McGill University, worked onsite in the largest open pit mine in the world, and as a lawyer in Herbert Smith Freehills Mining & Resources section where she advised the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia. Jan was sole Inhouse Counsel for a publicly listed Mining Technology company with international operations in diamond, gold and platinum mining in South Africa. She founded and leads Nottingham Law School’s Intellectual Property Research Group, supervises PhD students and lectures on the Nottingham Law School’s LLM Intellectual Property Law. Jan will speak on ‘Protecting Tanzania’s culture heritage in Tanzanite gemstones: the role of IP rights’


Michelle Okyere, LLM Nottingham Trent 2019 (menokyere@gmail.com)

Michelle and co-author Janice Denoncourt recently published their article ‘Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Ghana’s Kente Textiles: the Case for Geographical Indications’ (12 February 2021) online in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (JIPLP). The new article forms part of a special issue celebrating the importance of GI research. The case study provides a preliminary analysis of how Kente textiles, could potentially be registered as a non-food GI in Africa. The research is important as it presents the EU’s contribution to the development of GIs to protect African's cultural heritage.


Michelle Okyere is a Ghanaian qualified lawyer with the Energy and Infrastructure team at Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa and Ankomah, specialising in the commercial, energy, natural resources, infrastructure, and intellectual property law.  She is a recipient of a Nottingham Law School Outstanding Achievement Award. Professor KwaKwa provided Michelle with valuable guidance and support during her WIPO Library research visit in Geneva in 2019.


Peter Vaughan BA (Hons), LLM (peter.vaughan02@ntu.ac.uk)
Peter joined Nottingham Law School in 2020 and is a Chartered UK Trade Mark Attorney, and lectures on the LLM Intellectual Property Law.  Peter will discuss modern trends in GI protection for non-food products with a view to protecting cultural heritage globally.

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If you have any queries please email us at heritage@ntu.ac.uk

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