Frederick M. Abbott

Frederick M. Abbott

Frederick M. Abbott

Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Damon House, Room 203 
Phone: 850.644.1572
Fax: 917.591.3112


LL.M., University of California at Berkeley, 1989
J.D., Yale University, 1977
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1974

Frederick Abbott, the Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law, is highly regarded for his scholarship and professional activities in international intellectual property rights and global economic issues. He has served as an expert consultant for numerous international and regional organizations, governments and nongovernmental organizations, mainly in the fields of intellectual property, public health, trade, competition and sustainable development. 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. Abbott is Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the World Health Organization (WHO) Local Production and Technology Transfer (LPTT) program and a member of the TAG to the WHO C-TAP program (having also served as consultant to the World Health Organization on a variety of projects). He is consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization Global Challenges Division and to the United Nations Development Program. He served as a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, appointed in late 2015. Professor Abbott regularly serves as panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center. He is on the editorial board of the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers Series, Geneva and served on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford) (1998-2023). He has served as counsel to governments in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, and in national court proceedings. He is on the panel of arbitrators under the dispute settlement mechanism of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement, and he is on the panel of arbitrators of the South China International Arbitration Center (Hong Kong)(SCIAHK) and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA). 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 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 served as chair of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics.

Professor Abbott is the author of many books and articles in the fields of international intellectual property rights law, public health, international economic law, competition law and international law. His books include International Intellectual Property in an Integrated World Economy (with Thomas Cottier and Francis Gurry) (4th ed. 2019), Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order (editor with Carlos Correa and Peter Drahos) (2013), 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) and specialized in international business regulation and technology-related transactions. He was based in San Francisco (1977-1983) and Silicon Valley (1984-1989). He has served as visiting professor at University of California at Berkeley 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 has taught on the faculty of the World Trade Institute in Bern and was co-director of the Executive Course on Intellectual Property, Diplomacy and Global Public Health at the Graduate Institute Global Health Programme in Geneva.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for COVID-19 Vaccines: Assessment of the Record, (World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva) (2023); and Executive Summary

A Research Agenda for Pharmaceutical Law (Edward Elgar) (forthcoming 2023)

Prosecuting Excessive Pricing of Pharmaceuticals under Competition Law: Evolutionary Development, 24 Colum. Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 173 (2023) 

Using Competition Law to Promote Access to Health Technologies: A Supplement to the Guidebook for Low- and Middle-Income Countries (UNDP Publications) (2022)

International Intellectual Property in an Integrated World Economy (with updated teacher's manual) (with Thomas Cottier & Francis Gurry) (4th ed., Kluwer/Aspen Publishers 2019)

Excessive Pricing Doctrine in the Pharmaceutical Sector: The Space for Reform, in EU Competition Law and Pharmaceuticals, (W. Sauter, M. Canoy and J. Mulder, editors), (Edward Elgar) (forthcoming 2022)

Managed Trade and Technology Protectionism: A Formula for Perpetuating Inequality?, in Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Global Inequality (Daniel Benoliel, Francis Gurry, Keun Lee & Peter Yu, editors) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2022)

Technology Governance in a Devolved Global Legal Order: lessons from the China-USA strategic conflict, in A New Global Economic Order, 197-226, (Chia-Jui Cheng ed.) (Brill/Nijhoff Publishers 2022)

The TRIPS Agreement Article 73 Security Exceptions and the COVID-19 Pandemic, Research Paper 116, South Centre, Geneva (August 2020)

Child-Proofing Global Public Health in Anticipation of Emergency, 20 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 583 (2021) (symposium)

Opportunities, Constraints and Critical Supports for Achieving Sustainable Local Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in Africa: With a Focus on the Role of Finance (with R. Abbott, J. Fortunak, P. Gehl Sampath & D. Walwyn,), Final Report, March 18, 2021 (Nova Worldwide)

Facilitating Access to Cross-Border Supplies of Patented Pharmaceuticals: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic (with Jerome H. Reichman), 23 J. Int’l Econ. L. 535 (Oxford 2020)

Under the Radar: Reflections on ‘Forced’ Technology Transfer and the Erosion of Developmental Sovereignty, 69 GRUR Int’l. 260 (Oxford 2020)

Legislative and Regulatory Takings of Intellectual Property: early stage intervention against a new jurisprudential virus, in Honor of Pedro Roffe, Liber Amicorum Pedro Roffe, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Investment: Understanding the Interfaces and Development Impact (C. Correa & X. Seuba, editors) (Springer 2019)