Project title: Enforcement of intellectual property rights and global trade

Researcher: Anastasiia Kyrylenko

Anastasiia holds a Bachelor’s Degree and two Masters in Translation and Interpretation (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, 2013; University of Alicante, Spain, 2016)

After five years of experience in EU-funded projects in Ukraine, with the last one being dedicated to the IP reform under the EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, she enrolled and successfully graduated from the LLM programme in Intellectual Property Law and New Technologies (Magíster Lvcentinvs, 2017).

Her main topics of academic interest include comparative IP law, IPR enforcement and collective management of copyright and related rights.

Anastasiia was appointed Magister Lvcentinvs’ representative for the XVIII EIPIN Congress in 2017. She is fluent in several European languages.


Anastasiia Kyrylenko won prize

Host Institution: University of Alicante; Degree Partner: Université de Strasbourg


It is assumed that without an efficient system for enforcement, the protection of Intellectual Property rights is meaningless. Such system includes civil, criminal or administrative measures (e. g. civil and criminal procedures, procedures before national IP offices, border measures) that right holders can make use of to enforce their rights. Because of that, developed countries put much emphasis on improving the enforcement systems domestically, globally and in specific third countries where their companies make business. Enforcement obligations are in fact a crucial part of IPR chapters in multilateral, plurilateral and bilateral free trade agreements. This PhD project aims at analysing the existing legal framework for enforcement of IP rights in international agreements worldwide: how do the enforcement standards included in these agreements relate to each other? What is the de facto level of enforcement in relevant third countries? In this context the role of the European Union’s IPR Enforcement Strategy towards third countries will also be examined: do the actions suggested by the Strategy help to improve IPR enforcement globally? Is the Strategy actually helping European innovative industries to expand their activities to third countries? In addition, the research should also address the effect of enforcement provisions in international agreements on third countries: what is the socio-economic impact the Strategy has in third countries? What can the European Union learn from enforcement policies or mechanisms followed in other countries?

Expected Results:

To provide an assessment on the need to amend the existing EU IP Enforcement Strategy toward third countries to better help our innovative industries to expand their activities abroad.

Planned secondment(s): ICTSD