This year, the University of Reims’ Wine & Law Program is in its seventh session and will discuss topics related to wine law and intellectual property rights in the wine sector. The Program is a 10-day intensive course program in English from June 19, 2017 through June 28, 2017 at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne and applications for the Program are currently being accepted. The course will focus on topics like international and comparative aspects of geographical indications, trademarks, and intellectual property rights. The faculty includes Steven Charters, Silvere Lefevre, Stefan Martin, Stephen Stern, Jean-Marie Barillere, myself, and Theodore Georgopoulos. Participants are mostly professionals but law (or wine-related discipline) students are also welcome.
Courses and Seminars include:
- Trademarks & Geographical Indications in Wine Marketing
- Introduction to the European Protection of Geographical Indications
- Seminar on the Practice of the EUIPO
- The International System of Protection for GIs and TMs applied to the Wine Sector
- Trademarks & Geographical Indications for Wines & Spirits in U.S. Law
- Trademarks & Geographical Indications for Wines & Spirits in Australia
- Special Event: Discussing Wine & Spirits Law with FIVS
The summer school program also includes visits to local Champagne landmarks and relevant legal institutions, wine tasting, sightseeing, and socializing.
Mr. Georgopoulos runs the Wine & Law Program at the University of Reims in the Champagne region of France. The Program includes the summer school session, hosted each year in English, as well as a one-year, full-time program, taught in French (DU vitivinicole et des spiritueux).
To find out more about the Program or to apply, see the official Wine & Law Program website here.
You can read more about my time at the 2011 Wine & Law Program in the article Life After Champagne: Synopsis of the 2011 Wine & Law Summer Program and 2015 Wine & Law Program at the University of Reims in Champagne, France.