Frederick Abbott, the Edward Ball Eminent Scholar, is highly regarded for his scholarship and professional activities in international intellectual property rights and global economic issues. He is Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Health Law of the International Law Association, having served as Rapporteur for the Committee on International Trade Law from the inception of its work in 1993 to its conclusion in 2014. He is consultant to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program and other multilateral institutions. Professor Abbott regularly serves as panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford) and on the Editorial Board of the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers Series, Geneva. He is former Chair of the American Society of Law Intellectual Property Interest Group and the International Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and former Director of the American Society of International Law Research Project on Human Rights and International Trade. He has served on the Panel of Experts of UNCTAD’s Program on the Settlement of Disputes in International Trade, Investment and Intellectual Property, and as consultant for the UNCTAD/ICTSD Project on Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development. He has served as Chair of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics.
Professor Abbott is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of international economic law, international intellectual property rights law, international health regulation and public international law. His books include Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order (ed. with Carlos Correa and Peter Drahos)(2013), International Intellectual Property in an Integrated World Economy (with Thomas Cottier and Francis Gurry) (2nd ed. 2011), Global Pharmaceutical Policy: Ensuring Medicines for Tomorrow’s World (with Graham Dukes) (2009), UNCTAD-ICTSD Resource Book on TRIPS and Development (Principal Consultant with Carlos Correa)(2005), The International Intellectual Property System: Commentary and Materials (with Thomas Cottier and Francis Gurry) (1999), China in the World Trading System: Defining the Principles of Engagement (ed. 1998), Public Policy and Global Technological Integration (ed. 1997), and Law and Policy of Regional Integration (1995). His book on treaty-making, Parliamentary Participation in the Making and Operation of Treaties (1994), edited with Stefan Riesenfeld, was awarded the American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit.
Prior to 1989 Professor Abbott was a partner at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). He has served as Visiting Professor at University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, as Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Bonn, Visiting Professor and Weickert Fellow at the University of Berne, Visiting Professor at University of California, Hastings College of the Law and at Vanderbilt Law School, and was Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Professor Abbott regularly teaches on the faculties of the World Trade Institute in Berne and is Co-Director of the Executive Course on Intellectual Property, Diplomacy and Global Public Health at the Graduate Institute Global Health Programme in Geneva.