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UCL's WTO Scholars' Forum
Tobacco or Trademarks?
Australia's Plain Packaging of Cigarette Products and the WTO
on Wednesday 29 June 2011, from 6-7pm
About this talk:
Next month the Australian Government will introduce legislation to require the plain packaging of tobacco products by 1 July 2012. It will remove branding logos and other promotional elements from packaging, which will be standardised with olive brown colouring and the brand name appearing in a plain white font. It will be the world’s first tobacco plain packaging scheme, and given the restrictions on other forms of marketing, will shut down one of the last remaining avenues for the advertising of tobacco in Australia. Predictably, the tobacco industry has taken issue with the initiative. Their objections include a claim that it violates Australia’s WTO obligations, in particular the minimum obligations for the protection of intellectual property rights under the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. With governments in the UK and a number of other jurisdictions also considering introducing plain packaging to reduce the use of tobacco products, this presentation will critically examine the claims of the tobacco industry.
About the speaker:
Associate Professor Andrew D Mitchell, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
PhD (Cambridge), LLM (Harvard), Grad Dip Intl L (Melb), LLB (Hons) (Melb), BCom (Melb); Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.
Andrew joined the faculty at Melbourne Law School in 2006, having been a Senior Fellow since 2002. In 2007, following a nomination by the Australian government, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body added him to the Indicative List of Governmental and Non-Governmental Panelists to hear WTO disputes. From 2003–2005, Andrew was a Consultant to the International Monetary Fund in Geneva, focusing on WTO issues. He has previously worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Davis Polk & Wardwell, and Allens Arthur Robinson. Andrew also consults for the private sector and governmental and non-governmental organisations including the International Development Law Organization, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the World Health Organization. He has held visiting positions at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the London School of Economics, the International Arbitration Group of WilmerHale, and the Institute of International Economic Law. Andrew is the author of Legal Principles in WTO Disputes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), the editor of Challenges and Prospects for the WTO (London: Cameron May, 2005), and the co-editor of International Law in Principle (Pyrmont: Thomson Reuters, 2009). In 2010 he was appointed a member of the Australian Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Plain Packaging.
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board (pending)
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