About Us

WIPO Monitor was a project under the Communications Governance Observatory at McMaster University. We researched and monitored developments in international copyright policy, aiming to provide an informative and critical venue for readers to discover and keep themselves up-to-date in the affairs of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

WIPO Monitor focussed on several WIPO committees: the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), and the WIPO General Assembly. Our goal was to feature practical articles and reviews on WIPO’s agenda and frequent meetings. While we were interested in a wide variety of IP issues, we focussed on copyright provisions, access to knowledge, traditional knowledge and sustainable development.


Sara Bannerman Ph.D – Dr Bannerman is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She is the author of The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971, as well as International Copyright and Access to Knowledge and has published a variety of articles and book chapters on international copyright and international copyright history.

Charnjot Shokar

Coralie Zaza

Karim El-Ziftawi

Sarah James

Nina Chopra

Corbin D. Hatwick

Ryan M. Prance