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Program in Intellectual Property Law

Constructing International Intellectual Property Law: The Role of National Courts

Chicago-Kent College of Law, October 18-19, 2001

François Dessemontet


Born in 1948, graduate from University of Lausanne (Law School), licence (1970), doctorate (1974).


a) Lawyer admitted to the Bar of Lausanne (1975).

Ordinary Professor at Lausanne University, Law School, first for commercial law (since 1976), then for contract law (since 1987).

Permanent Invited Professor at Fribourg University, Law School, for intellectual property law (since 1977).

b) Dean of the Law Faculty, Lausanne (1980-1982).

Promoter and president of the Centre for Business Law of the University of Lausanne (CEDIDAC) (since 1985).

Editor of the CEDIDAC serie (to date : 45 titles and unnumbered documentation binders).

c) Chairman of the Federal Expert Committee on the Revision of the Copyright Act (1986-1987).

d) Chairman of the Société Suisse des Juristes (2000-2003).

Chairman of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) (1999-2001).

e) Chairman, or single arbitrator or co-arbitrator in approximately 40 panels of arbitration, notably for ICC (International Chamber of Commerce).

f) Panelist for WIPO Decisions regarding domain names.

g) Panelist for WTO (World Trade Organization).


Approximately 160 publications in intellectual property law, law of contracts, international private law, corporation law and arbitration law.


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