AIPPI-ASIPI Webinar: Intersection of IP and Cultural Heritage/Traditional Cultural Expression – Part I

20 June 2023 | Webinar | Online | AIPPI and ASIPI

On 20 June (5 pm CEST) AIPPI will host the third webinar of the AIPPI-ASIPI webinar series. The first part of the “Intersection of IP and Cultural Heritage/Traditional Cultural Expression (TCEs) – from a European Perspective” will be taking place under the guidance of moderator Fabrizio Modica and distinguished speakers Lily Martinet and Pier Luigi Petrillo. Register HERE.

Since its inception in international law, the legal concept of TCEs has been tightly intertwined with intangible cultural heritage (ICH). Whereas international negotiations are still underway for the protection of TCEs at WIPO, the UNESCO Convention for the safeguarding of the ICH is already celebrating its 20th anniversary. This session of the second part of the series will present first the legal framework created in 2003 for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage and the tensions that may arise with intellectual property in its implementation. A case study of France will afterward highlight the shared characteristics and key differences between the protection of TCEs and the safeguarding of ICH.


  • Aldo Fabrizio Modica is a Lawyer from the Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción” (Paraguay). Master in Intellectual Property and PhD in law from the Austral University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Partner at Bareiro Modica Abogados (Paraguay). Professor of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law at the Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción” and Austral University of Buenos Aires. Vice President of the Paraguayan Association of Intellectual Property Agents (APAPI). Vice Chair of Copyright Law Committee and the ASIPI Academy. Member of the AIPPI Committees on Copyright and Traditional Knowledge
  • Lily Martinet holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from l’École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, a law degree with a specialization in international economic law, and a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne Law School. In 2014, she was admitted to the French bar. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on traditional cultural expressions in international law. From 2018 to 2021, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law. She has worked on the implementation of the Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for the French National Centre for Scientific Research, the French National Commission for UNESCO, and the French Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage. She is currently an Officer in charge of intangible cultural heritage at the French Ministry of Culture.
  • Pier Luigi Petrillo is Full Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Rome Unitelma Sapienza, Director of UNESCO Chair on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Comparative Law and Professor of Lobbying Law and of Cultural Heritage for Food and Arts at the Luiss Guido Carli University. Petrillo was the President of the Evaluation Body of ICH UNESCO Convention from 2018 to 2022 and now He is member of the ICH UNESCO Global Facilitator Network. Former Head of Cabinet of the Italian Ministry for Environment, and Head of Legislative Office and Legal Advisor of the Italian Ministries for Culture, Agricolture, European Affairs, University and Research, Pier Luigi Petrillo is author of more then 200 essay and book in italian, english, spanish, portuguese; the last one are “The Legal Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage. A Comparative Perspective” (Springer 2021) and  Teorias e técnicas do lobbying, Editora Contracorrente, Sao Paolo, Brasil, 2022.

About 2023 AIPPI-ASIPI webinar series

Given the growing attention to the intersection of Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources (GR), Traditional Knowledge (TK), and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE), AIPPI and ASIPI are pleased to announce a new series of webinars to be held in 2023, exploring these important and developing topics. This series is part of the ongoing AIPPI-ASIPI collaboration, which was signed at the 2022 AIPPI World Congress in San Francisco.

The webinar series will focus on the EU perspective and the international level. The events will take place on the following dates:

EU Legal Framework for IP Protection of Genetic Resources
25 April: Part I
30 May: Part II

Intersection of IP and Cultural Heritage/Traditional Cultural Expression
20 June: Part I
18 July: Part II

The programme has been developed by the European members of the AIPPI Committee “IP and GRTK” and will feature speakers from the region, in collaboration with ASIPI.