Frederick Abbott

Professor of International Law. Florida State University, College of Law.

Frederick Abbott is Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law at the Florida State University College of Law. He is Rapporteur for the Committee on International Trade Law of the International Law Association, consultant to the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and other multilateral organizations. He has served as expert consultant to various governments, and for the UNCTAD/ICTSD Project on Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development. Professor Abbott 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). 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. Professor Abbott is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of international economic law, international intellectual property rights law, and public international law. His publications and recent presentations are generally available at . His books include International Intellectual Property in an Integrated World Economy (with Thomas Cottier and Francis Gurry) (2d ed. 2011), Global Pharmaceutical Policy (with Graham Dukes) (2009), UNCTAD-ICTSD Resource Book on TRIPS and Development (Principal Consultant with Carlos Correa)(2005), China in the World Trading System: Defining the Principles of Engagement (1998), Public Policy and Global Technological Integration (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 the Central European University in Budapest. Professor Abbott holds BA and LLM degrees from UC Berkeley, and a JD from Yale Law School.


23 May 2018
Disputes between the United States and China regarding transfer of technology and intellectual property are of long-standing nature. The more economically significant elements of China's practices addressed by US complaints are not well-addressed by WTO rules. Threatened US retaliatory tariffs...

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24 September 2014
The WTO previously authorised least developed country (LDC) members not to implement or enforce patent and regulatory data rules until January 1, 2016. Should LDCs seek renewal of the pharmaceutical-related extension at the TRIPS Council before it expires, or does the recent “general” extension for...