Luis Villarroel

Luis Villarroel is Licensed in Juridical Scienced at the University of Chile, and LLM in international Legal Studies at the Washington College of Law.  Currently is the Director of Research of INNOVARTE a latinoamerican NGO working on A2K and  intellectual property for development issues, and a resercher a the Center for Legal Research (CIJUCEN)  at UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL in Chile,  also teaches post graduates copyright courses at Finish Terrea University in Chile, and provides advice mainly to latinoamerican IP offices on intellectual property policies and implementation of international obligations on copyright, as well as civil society like libraries and blind association.  Mr. Villarroel has served as the Vice Chair of the Standing Comitee of Copyright at WIPO, and Presidente of the Assembly for the WIPO WCT treaty. and as a Judge of the Industrial Property Court of Chile. Also is a resource person for the Copyright and Legal Matters Comitee of IFLA, and consultant for UNESCO and eIFL. Mr. Villarroel has worked on copyright policy issues since the year 2000, and participated as general counsel of the Ministry of Education of Chile , and later as intellectual property adviser, in the negotiation of several   free trade agreements  on behalf of Chile, and provided advice on the negotiation of intellectual property chapters of free trade agreements to other latinoamerican countries. In WIPO introduced the agenda of exceptions and limitations for the Copyright Standing Comitee, and has advocated for international instruments of mandatory exceptions to provide balance on the international context of Intellectual property. Also is advocating for the lending of free software by libraries.
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Luis Villarroel