Dr. Sharon B. Le Gall

Deputy Dean (Student Matters) /
Senior Lecturer

Sharon Le Gall is an Attorney-at-Law, Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, Law of Trusts, Real Property I and the law relating to Equitable Remedies at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She attained her Ph.D. degree from Darwin College, Cambridge in 2009; a Master of Laws Degree in Intellectual Property Law from the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada, in 1994; a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 1989; and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies in 1987. In 2012, she attained her Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Full Biography
Dr. Sharon B. Le Gall
  • Contact Information

    Sharon.Legall@sta.uwi.edu

  • Academic Qualifications

    PhD (Cantab); LLM (Osgoode); LLB (Hons) (UWI); LEC; Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (UWI)

  • Teaching Areas

    Intellectual Property, Law of Trusts
    Real Property I
    Equitable Remedies

Full Biography

Sharon Le Gall is an Attorney-at-Law, Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, Law of Trusts, Real Property I and the law relating to Equitable Remedies at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She attained her Ph.D. degree from Darwin College, Cambridge in 2009; a Master of Laws Degree in Intellectual Property Law from the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada, in 1994; a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 1989; and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies in 1987. In 2012, she attained her Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

She has over twenty years of professional experience that includes involvement in private legal practice, consulting for regional and international institutions, and academia, in corporate and commercial law, including intellectual property law, and the protection of traditional knowledge.

She has presented papers in environmental law, intellectual property law and the protection of traditional knowledge in the Caribbean (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago) and internationally (Australia, Israel, Switzerland, and Thailand). She has also published on intellectual property law and traditional knowledge protection, and written several unpublished research papers and reports on competition law, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regional integration law, intellectual property law, and the protection of traditional knowledge.

She has been engaged as a Consultant by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and as a member of a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Working Group to develop a legal framework of protection for Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources in the Caribbean. She was also a Traditional Knowledge Consultant engaged by WIPO, with a team of international consultants to develop a WIPO Intellectual Property Strategies Framework for Developing Countries.

In 2014, she was appointed as an Independent Senator by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to serve temporarily as a member of the Senate of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Publications

Books

Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Property Protection: Cultural Signifiers in the Caribbean and the Americas (Routledge: London and New York, 2014)

Featured Title in Intellectual Property for Routledge in January 2014, and a part of the Routledge Research in Intellectual Property Series.

Featured as Recent Key Legal Research in Intellectual Property Law by Routledge in April 2015

Endorsements:

Professor Graham Dutfield, University of Leeds:
"The idea of cultural diversity is frequently proclaimed as something beneficial to us all and worthy of legal and policy intervention. What of cultural expressions that are neither traditional nor attributable to an identifiable indigenous group? In this highly original and theoretically well-grounded study, Dr. Le Gall reveals a class of important and widely-known cultural manifestations that are worthy of protection but fall outside existing and emerging legal norms currently being negotiated at national and international levels. In doing so, she makes a powerful case for their inclusion in sui generis protection regimes which jurists and policymakers must surely heed."

Professor Michael Blakeney, European Intellectual Property Review
"This very well-written book has a useful bibliography and is comprehensively footnoted. It bears careful reading by those interested in international intellectual property law and cultural policy."

Chapter in Book

'Franchising Carnival: Issues of Rights and Cultural Identity' in Kathy Bowrey and Michael Handler, eds., Law and Creativity in the Age of the Entertainment Franchise (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Article

'Defining Traditional Knowledge: A Perspective from the Caribbean' Caribbean Quarterly (2012) Vo.58 No.4. pp.62-86.

Conference Papers

"Intellectual Property in the Caribbean Community – Identification, Protection and Valuation" (22 pages). Presented at a Training Workshop on Technopreneurship for the Caribbean held at the Grafton Beach Resort, Tobago and hosted by the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC) for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO and CARISCIENCE (The Network of R&D and Postgraduate Programmes in the Basic Sciences in the Caribbean) in collaboration with the Caricom Science, Technology and Innovation Committee, and managed by Usains Holding Sdn. Bhd. (a wholly-owned by Universiti Sains Malaysia), 2014.

'Establishing a Policy Framework for the Regional Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources: The Caribbean Context' (30 pages). Presentation at the WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property, in Geneva, Switzerland, 2012.

'Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Why They Should be Protected, Commercial Exploitation, Ownership and Beneficiaries'. (16 pages) Paper presented at an "International Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Development – the Road Ahead; Traditional Knowledge and Access to Knowledge" at the Ono Academic College, Israel, organized by WIPO, in cooperation with the Comparative Legal Research Centre, Ono Academic College, Israel, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2011.

'Franchising Carnival: Issues of Rights and Cultural Identity' (40 pages). Paper presented at an invitation-only workshop entitled “Cultural Industries and the Franchise” hosted by the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, 2011.

'An Introduction to Core Concepts and Objectives: What are Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions and Why Should They Receive Legal Protection' (19 pages). Paper presented at the invitation of WIPO and the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce, the Kingdom of Thailand, in Bangkok, Thailand at an Asian/Pacific Regional Seminar on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions, 2009.

'Establishing Policy, Legal and Practical Measures for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions' (17 pages). Paper presented at the invitation of the WIPO and the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce, the Kingdom of Thailand, in Bangkok, Thailand at an Asian/Pacific Regional Seminar on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions, 2009.

Reports

Prepared the following papers as a member of, and the Research Team Coordinator of a WIPO/CARICOM Working Group set up to establish a Caribbean Framework for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Folklore and Genetic Resources:

  • Research Paper which includes a review and analysis of existing intellectual property and intellectual property-like protection for traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions in fourteen (14) Caribbean countries; the identification of gaps in such existing protection regimes; an assessment of the obligations of Caribbean countries under the relevant regional, bilateral and international instruments and agreements and the impact of those agreements on the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions in the region, (2009). (89 pages)
  • Policy Paper on the legal framework for the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions in the Caribbean. (53 pages)
  • Policy Paper on the legal framework for the protection of Genetic Resources in the Caribbean. (74 pages)
  • Case Study on the misappropriation of traditional knowledge in the Caribbean: the Rastafari of Jamaica, 2009. (14 pages)
  • Case study on the misappropriation of traditional knowledge in the Caribbean: the Steel Pan Musical Instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, 2009. (25 pages)

Prepared a Report for the CARICOM Secretariat on the Compliance of Legislation of CARICOM Member States with the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas concerning the Free Movement of Skilled Nationals within CARICOM, 2003. (68 pages)

Prepared a Policy on Intellectual Property Rights, Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing for and in conjunction with the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development in Guyana, 2002. (147 pages)

Prepared a legal brief for the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Culture for proposed measures of legal protection for calypso, mas and the steel pan, for the Trinidad and Tobago Candidature application to the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Award (OICHHA) Committee of UNESCO to have Trinidad and Tobago Carnival proclaimed a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage, 2002. (8 pages)

Co-authored (as Lead Consultant) studies for the CARICOM Secretariat on an Inventory of Measures Affecting Trade and Investment in Services in Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago, 2000. (472 pages)

Prepared report on Competition Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean for the Caribbean Law Institute Centre, 1999. (191 pages)

Research Interests

Intellectual Property and Development
Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources
Group Rights