In his recent book ‘JASTA’, Professor Kamil Idris raises awareness on the dangers of Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) which was recently introduced in the U.S. Both houses, Representatives, and Senate unanimously passed the act which was then signed into law by the former president Barrack Obama. The JASTA act will allow citizens to sue countries that have been linked with terrorism. Idris argues that the new act violates the principle of international law which protects a nation from being sued by other countries. The JASTA act directly aims at Saudi Arabia which inhabited some of the terrorists who were recruited by Bin Laden to bomb the World Trade Towers in the city of New York on September 11, 2001.
However, Kamil Idris has cautioned the government of the United States that the act could reciprocate on them and spark political tension from other countries and result in a World War III. If other countries retaliate and enact the JASTA act, the U.S government can be sued for the hundreds of deaths it has caused by their drones. Implementation of the JASTA act is likely to trigger other nations to form allies as they prepare to defend themselves similar to what happened before the beginning of World War I and II. Many countries have condemned the act and have termed it as a direct threat to democracy.
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Kamil Idris is a renowned professor and former Director General of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). He currently serves as the President of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation. Born in Sudan, Idris holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Khartoum and a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy, Economics, and Political Science. He also has master degrees in International Affairs and International Law.
Kamil Idris has had the privilege of working with prominent persons such as Tony Blair, Fidel Castro, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat, Jacques Chirac and Boutros Ghali in solving international crisis. His recent work, JASTA, challenges the U.S government not to overlook the dangers of the JASTA act which could plunge the world into World War III.
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WIPO’s Kamil Idris on protecting intellectual property rights
Dr. Kamil Idris was the direct general of the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization. He was recently interviewed by VentureOutsource.com and the following is a summary of his comments to the interviewer. He answers questions about maintaining the economies of individual countries as intellectual property is created and then its products are exported.
When asked about a patent system that protects countries with emerging outsourcing locations, Idris stated that the protection would depend on how the country applied the benefits of protecting intellectual property, their national objectives, their level of commitment to IP, their level of awareness, infrastructure and their IP professionals. He also bases the patent system of the innovation of the country and its enabling policy.
When Dr. Idris was asked about curtailing intellectual property theft as a result of globalization, he responded by giving three examples of how it is affected. Idris pointed out that globalization has resulted in the piracy and counterfeiting of IP. It has also slowed down the patent process. He also notes that the globalization of trade has forced employers to train IP professionals, other human resources and to develop greater IP capacity to stop the theft of IP.
Dr. Idris points out the greatest component of IP theft is due to our multi-faceted communications options from email, to test messaging, etc. Digital communications is making it far easier to transfer IP data than it once was.
He also noted that the WIPO Phonograms and Performances Treaty (WPPT) and the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) have made major strides toward creating international copyright protections. The Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) for WIPO is instrumental in helping countries devise and coordinating the setting and enforcing of international IP laws.
Along with communications making IP theft easier, it has also made sharing patent information’s scientific and technological information easier so that the WIPO watchdogs can identify IP thefts accurately. The focus on IP theft has been responsible for driving an increase in patent applications, so much so that countries are now experiencing a backlog in processing patents.
Professor Kamil Idris is now the president of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation (ICAM) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a former diplomat for his native country of Sudan. He graduated with honors in law from the University of Khartoum. He has a PhD in international law from the Geneva University.