Jacques de Werra is professor of contract law and intellectual property law at the Law School of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He authored a doctoral thesis in Swiss and comparative copyright law which he completed as a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich in 1996. He then practiced law in Switzerland, before obtaining an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in New York City in 2001 and being admitted to the New York bar in 2002.
Jacques researches, publishes and speaks on topics related to various aspects of intellectual property law, contract law, particularly on the commercialization of intellectual property assets by way of transfer of technology, licensing and franchising, IT and Internet law, as well as on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for IP and technology disputes. He is the coordinator of the WIPO - University of Geneva Summer school on Intellectual Property for the University of Geneva. Jacques is the editor of a scientific books series, propriété intellectuelle - intellectual property, in which the proceedings of annual intellectual property law conferences held at the University of Geneva are published (journées de droit de la propriété intellectuelle). He is now doing research on the topic of intellectual property contracts and most particularly on licensing contracts from a comparative and policy perspectives.