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Roundtable 2024:
“What is the Future for protecting Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions?”

On 13–24 May 2024, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will convene a diplomatic conference to conclude an International Legal Instrument Relating to Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Associated with Genetic Resources. The proposed instrument builds on two decades of explorations and deliberations at the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.

The Indigenous Knowledge Forum at the University of Technology Sydney, and the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University are jointly organising a Roundtable to be held shortly after the end of the WIPO Diplomatic Conference. Commencing the afternoon of Friday 14 June and continuing on Saturday 15 June 2024, this Roundtable will be hosted at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney.


Providing a first look at the outcome of the negotiations from the WIPO Diplomatic Conference, this event will explore the following questions:

  • What are the key takeaways from the WIPO Diplomatic Conference?

  • How will the outcome of the negotiations affect the future protection of traditional knowledge and cultural expressions?

  • What are the next steps on both the domestic and international levels?

  • What steps have already been taken or are in the process of being taken to deal with the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions?

  • How are alternative terminologies, such as ‘Indigenous cultural intellectual property’, impacting international and domestic discourse?


This Roundtable, on the theme “What Is the Future for Protecting Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions?”, will bring together scholars, policy makers and experts to facilitate dialogue and information exchange on these issues and more. Selected papers will be published in an edited volume to mark this important stage in international developments.

Further details: please contact Professor Natalie P. Stoianoff via email at

Roundtable 2024 Co-Convenors:

Professor Natalie P. Stoianoff & Professor Peter K. Yu

Organising Committee:

Associate Professor Evana Wright, Dr Genevieve Wilkinson & Dr Kristopher Wilson


Faculty of Law

University of Technology Sydney

Building 2, Level 16

Broadway & Jones Street entrance | Broadway 2007

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