The CIPP provides training on intellectual property and its connections with innovation and creativity to undergraduate and graduate students at McGill University, as well as executives.

Undergraduate Training

Work opportunities

The CIPP trains several undergraduate students every year year. Students working at the CIPP conduct background research for projects, papers and presentations, assist in conference and workshop organization, and draft reports, case studies and articles. Students work under the joint supervision of CIPP faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students.

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Paper Courses

Students are encouraged to enrol in paper courses at the Faculty of Law to be supervised by one of our affiliated professors. This opportunity will allow law students to get one-on-one supervision on an issue of interest to them in the area of intellectual property law. Exceptional papers will be published on the CIPP website and disseminated to our members.

Graduate Training

The CIPP provides graduate student and post-doctoral training at McGill. These students and fellows are provided with leadership roles in conducting research, applying for grants and in supervising students. Students are encouraged to present their research at CIPP organised workshops, publish book chapters in CIPP edited books and to present CIPP research at national and international conferences.

Exchange Opportunities


The CIPP builds knowledge in intellectual property through its student and scholar exchange initiative. This opportunity allows scholars, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and others to conduct research at the CIPP in Montreal. Through this means, the CIPP is engaged in a mutual exchange of knowledge – allowing visiting researchers to become familiar with our research initiatives and methodology while at the same time allowing us to develop a better understanding of local concerns and a better sense of how intellectual property is viewed on the ground.

Visiting researchers come from a variety of countries and institutions including the following: the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Nairobi and the University of Saskatchewan. To date, the CIPP has hosted a number of visiting researchers:

  • Federica Giovanella, University of Trento, Italy, Ph.D. Student, 2011
  • Priscilla Cesar, University of San Paolo, Brazil, Masters Student, 2009
  • Matteo Macilotti, University of Trento, Italy, Ph.D. Student, 2008
  • Emile Bienvenu, National University of Rwanda, Lecturer, 2008
  • Edson Beas Rodrigues, International Trade Law and Development Institute, Brazil, 2008
  • Rabogajane Busang, Medical Research Council, South Africa, 2007
  • Sebastien Casault, University of Ottawa, 2007
  • Cybelle Carneiro, University of Lisbon, 2006-2007
  • Giorgia Guerra, University of Trento, 2006
  • Jackline Muthoni Nyaga, University of Nairobi, 2005-2006
  • Caterina Sganga, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, 2005
  • Maria Graciela de Ortuzar, National University of La Plata, 2004-2005
  • Emmanuelle Bourgeois, FAO, 2004
  • Isabel Lopez Noriega, University Rey Juan Carlos, 2004
  • Maria Teresa Lavalle, University of Buenos Aires, 2004
  • Liliana Spinella, National University of La Plata, 2004

If you are interested in participating in an exchange opportunity with the CIPP, and you are self-funded, please contact Elisa Henry, Executive Director, at elisa.henry@mcgill.ca.

Joint Initiatives

The Legal Aspects of eGovernance, May 12-16, 2008

The Legal Aspects of eGovernance module is an intensive one week course taught by researchers at the CIPP as part of the Executive Masters Program in eGovernance that is offered by Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne. Through this module, participants from around the world will learn how to best use and manage electronic/intangible assets (goods and services) as well as the legal risks and opportunities associated with these assets. Emphasis is put on active participation and interaction between teachers – from Academia and private practice – and participants. The module is conceived for senior executive participants from a variery of countries and thus includes aspects of civil, common and international law. The CIPP has been collaborating with Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne on the eGovernance Masters programme since its creation in 2005. Visit egov.epfl.ch for more details.

The Treble Cliff: The Remonetization of Music and other Promiscuously Transportable Media Objects, January 8 – April 10, 2008

The Treble Cliff is an interdisciplinary course taught at The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at McGill University. Professors David Lametti and Tina Piper, on behalf of the CIPP, were involved in the development of the course and will be teaching a number of the lectures. The objective of the course is to provide a group of students from five Faculties: Management, Music, Law, Science (School of Computer Science), and Arts (Art History and Communication Studies) with an opportunity to study and develop business models or policy papers for the music industry in its rapidly changing current environment. The course is intended to take advantage of the presence of Sandy Pearlman, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Schulich School of Music and eminent music industry commentator, innovator and arch disruptor. Students will be exposed to the various components of the existing situation through in-depth lectures and workshops under the leadership of acknowledged experts. Once a thorough understanding has been achieved, students will be asked to create a viable business model for a new paradigm.

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