swissnex China supported Chinese and Swiss Doctoral Students in a Summer Programme on Intellectual Property

Three PhD students from the Wuhan University Law School, the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade and the University of Bern received a swissnex scholarship to participate in the WTI/CUHK Summer Programme on Intellectual Property that took place from 8-19 July 2013 at the CUHK Graduate Law Centre in Hong Kong.


The two-week course brought together 34 government representatives, academics and practitioners from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, USA, and Vietnam. The first week equipped the participants with the law and the economics of international intellectual property protection. The second course week was then dedicated to current and future hot topics such as protecting copyrights in a digital environment, the linkage between IP and foreign investment, and counterfeiting in Asia.

A next edition of the WTI/CUHK Summer Programme on Intellectual Property is planned to take place in July 2014. More information can be found on:


“My research will benefit a lot from this course as it introduced me to most cutting-edge issues in the field of intellectual property. Studying together with participants from 15 countries in a dynamic city like Hong Kong was a unique opportunity for me to expand my academic network and to get further international exposure.”

Gabriela Wermelinger, Institute of European and International Economic Law, University of Bern 


“The summer programme provided me with a great overview on the regional and international dimensions of intellectual property protection and allowed me to establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers from all over the world.”

Chen Huangyang, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade