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. He recently 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 Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford) and on the editorial board of the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers Series, Geneva. 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. 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

Supplement to the UNDP Guidebook for Low- and Middle- Income Countries: Using Competition Law to Promote Access to Health Technologies (UNDP Publications)(forthcoming 2021)

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

Technology Governance in a Devolved Global Legal Order: lessons from the China-USA strategic conflict, in A New Global Economic Order (Cheng Chia-Jui et al., editors) (Brill/Nijhoff Publishers) (forthcoming 2021)

Managed Trade and Technology Protectionism: A Formula for Perpetuating Inequality?, in Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Global Inequality (Daniel Benoliel, Francis Gurry, Keun Lee and Peter Yu, editors) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2021)

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)

Public-Private Partnership as Model for New Drug R&D: the future as now, in The Cambridge Handbook of Public-Private Partnerships, Intellectual Property Governance, and Sustainable Development (M. Chon, A. Abdel-Latif & P. Roffe, editors) (Cambridge University Press 2018)

Health and Intellectual Property, in Research Handbook on Global Health Law (G-L Burci & B. Toebes, editors) (Edward Elgar Publishing 2018)

The Generics Pathway in the USA: The American Experience, a Model for the World? in Industria Farmacéutica, Derecho a la Salud y Propiedad Intelectual: El Reto del Equilibrio (M. Becerra & R. Martinez, editors) (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 2018)

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

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), at

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 (2020) (Oxford), at

Under the Radar: Reflections on ‘Forced’ Technology Transfer and the Erosion of Developmental Sovereignty, 69 GRUR Int’l. 260 (2020) (Oxford), at https://doi: 10.1093/grurint/ikz023

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal’s Misguided Reprieve for Pfizer’s Excessive Pricing Abuse, 49 Int’l Rev. Intell. Prop. & Compe­tition L. 845 (2018), at

Let International Competition Negotiations Sleep a While Longer: Focus on Tools and Capacity, 49 Int’l Rev. Intell. Prop. & Compe­tition L. 259 (2018), at