Jayashree Watal

Jayashree Watal is currently Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization since February 2001. She also holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and of Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law, University of Melbourne. She has taught a course on the TRIPS Agreement in the IELPO at the University of Barcelona in 2011. Ms. Watal has more than 22 years of experience in government in India, of which 10 years were devoted to policy, diplomacy, research and administration on intellectual property rights. She worked in the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce as Director, Trade Policy Division, New Delhi (1995-1998) and represented India at a crucial stage in the Uruguay Round TRIPS negotiations from 1989-90. She has researched and published articles on issues related to intellectual property rights, including a book on Intellectual Property Rights in the WTO and Developing Countries (Oxford University Press, India and Kluwer Law International, 2001). Ms Watal was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Development at Harvard University (2000), the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington DC (Oct. 1998-August 2000) and at George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (1997- 2000).