African intellectual property law, practice and policies. This weblog provides news, information and comment on IP law, practice and business deals right across Africa. Ce blog propose des actualités, informations, et commentaires sur la législation et la pratique en matière de propriété intellectuelle et de droit des contrats d'affaires en Afrique. For some insight into the origins of this blog click here.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
UNITAR presents: E-learning courses on IP and so on - scholarships also available
This Leo must admit that he was unaware of the existence of UNITAR. However, he is not at all surprised that UNITAR exists within (and amongst others) or affiliated with the mammoth intergovernmental organisation. So, what does UNITAR have on offer for $600 (USD)?
(1) The Settlement of Disputes under the World Trade Organization (WTO) - 05 May - 06 Jun 2014. Click here for course details.
(2) Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law - 12 May - 13 Jun 2014. Click here for course details. Exactly as described: A primer on IP law.
(3) Introduction to Privacy and Data Protection Law - 02 Jun - 04 Jul 2014. Click here for course details. Now this one is very interesting. The trend in ICT users, entertainment/media (also here) and intelligence gathering across African countries makes this a topical subject-area for stakeholders including lawmakers, regulators, companies (e.g Google), and obviously, legal practitioners. Want to know what some UK lawyers have got to deal with or say in this area? click here, here and here.
First and most importantly, this Leo is glad to note that UNITAR "offers a limited number of full fellowships (a.k.a scholarships) per course to public sector officials from low-income countries including least developed countries (LDCs)." Well, that is currently over 70% of the African continent.
While e-learning across the African continent is gaining momentum, there is still the obvious and well-publicised difficulties with access to internet in most of its countries. You may wish to visit Tim Katlic's oAfrica.com for A-Z guide and updates.
If you have undertaken UNITAR's e-learning courses (especially, the IP ones), please do feel free to leave comment(s) to tell others about your experience including if there are other similar low-cost or free IP education programmes.
IP education or continuing professional development in IP, there you go!
Want to view the Public Finance and Trade Training catalogue, click here
For those delivering and/or designing the programme (a.k.a 'e-Course Moderators'), is here