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Xi Zhang

  • Qualifications: TBC
  • Role Title: PhD student
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: TBA
  • Email: UP639934@myport.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Law
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


Nationality: TBC - Director of studies: Dr Damian Carney - Year of graduation: N/A

Climate Change Related Technology Transfer to Developing Countries in the TRIPS Age and Future Strategy in the Real World.

Thesis summary

The intention is that this work will be an in-depth study and constitute a significant additional contribution to the debate on intellectual property (IP). The intention is to consider the areas of environmental protection, knowledge innovation and sustainable development, particularly in responding to the need for increased awareness and better understanding of the complexities of issues relating to climate-change-related technology transfer (TT) and, among others, its interface with TRIPS. Moreover, given the nature and complexity of the process of acquiring and absorbing technology, developing countries’ concerns may need to be addressed in the framework of the TRIPS Agreement and several other World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements together with some multilateral environmental agreements and approaches applied by non-governmental organizations. A microcosmic study at national level (China in particular) would be meaningful for it is an empirical work applying IP and climate change technology transfer theories to practice.

This research will be mostly library-based relying on information that already published as it has a theoretical feature. The literature study is supported by data collection which will focus upon getting access to information on TT agreements between China and foreign companies. This will include analysis of documentation either publically available or to which access has been gained, and interviewing those involved in TT projects. The research will also use semi-structured interview to discover personal views of people involved in environmental protection projects relying on TT in China. It is expected that the research will conclude with legible suggestions which hopefully might be worth referencing when there is a need of feasible amendment or proper interpretation of relevant TRIPS Articles.