World Intellectual Property Organization: Office of the Legal Counsel

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation, and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

WIPO was established by the WIPO Convention in 1967 with a mandate from its member states to promote the protection of IP throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations.

Nature of the Extern's Work and Supervision
The student will be doing research for and assisting the Legal Counsel in the performance of his/her work. It generally covers host state relations, contracts, research, and memos on treaty law questions, as well as general international law questions (administrative, constitutional, and general) that come up in the practice of law in an international organization.

Important Information for Students
WIPO will take one student. An international law distribution course is a requirement. A course in intellectual property law is not required. French or Spanish language skills would be an asset, but is not required.

To learn more about the World Intellectual Property Organization, please visit their website.