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TLS_1014 Foundations of International and European Intellectual Property Law 8 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Academic year 2017-2018 Senior Research Fellow Dhanay Cadillo Chandler and Researcher Daniel Acquah, academic year 2016-2017 Senior Lecturer Ulla-Maija Mylly and Researcher Daniel Acquah
Preceding studies
Basic studies in commercial, contract, international and European law are recommended as previous studies.

Learning outcomes

The students will understand the foundations of European intellectual property law in context. Moreover, the students are expected to gain a general understanding of the development and dynamics of the international IP system, its institutions, structures, core principles, scope and the enforcement mechanisms in place. They will comprehend patents, copyright, trademarks, design rights and trade secrets in their economic and societal contexts in the framework of European law and international treaties.


The course will introduce the most important international IP treaties. The core principles of the international IP system will be elaborated and the enforcement system of the TRIPS Agreement. Moreover, the most important European harmonization and unification measures will be covered, as well as the remaining differences in protection and the underlying ideologies. The relationship of intellectual property rights to the basic EU freedoms, competition law and fundamental rights protection are also to be discussed.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 50 h 0 h

50 hours lectures

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Written examination (100%).

Study materials

Susy Frankel andDaniel J. Gervais, Advanced Introduction to International Intellectual Property, Edward Elgar Publishing 2016.

Justine Pila & Paul Torremans, European Intellectual Property Law, Oxford University Press 2016.

Handouts delivered through Moodle platform.

Further information

Teachers: Researcher Daniel Acquah (University of Turku), Associate Professor Peter Mezei (University of Szeged) and Associate Professor Enrico Bonadio (City University London)

TIME: I period

SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection Criteria: Participation is limited to 60 students. Students enrolled in the Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS) have priority in the selections. After this, 5 places are reserved for students of the GIM Master Programme (Turku School of Economics) as part of a student exchange agreement. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select the participants:
1. Exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. Degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. Other law students

Students are required to register for the course and should be present at the first meeting. Please see general instructions: Registration for optional study modules.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School