Category: Kamil Idris

Kamil Idris Warns of Imminent World War

In JASTA and a Third World War, released by UK Book Publishing in 2017, Kamil Idris discusses the implementation of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act and the effects it may have on the current political mood. Idris argues that this judicial act will only create animosity between the United States and the other democratic countries of the world.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, was passed in 2016, despite previously being vetoed by President Barack Obama. The act granted the federal court the power to hold foreign states responsible for acts of terrorism that cause harm to people, property, or businesses. It also states that charges can be filed against diplomats who participate in wrongful acts while employed by a foreign state, partially nullifying diplomatic immunity. JASTA does not, however, apply to acts of war.

Kamil Idris, a former diplomat, compares the current political and national climate to that of the pre-WWI and pre-WWII eras, distinguishing important similarities that could be signs of imminent war.

The international reaction to JASTA also plays a part in Idris’ theory. The act has been condemned by numerous world ministries. Spokespeople have stated that it violates international law and that it is a hard blow to the diplomatic foundation of international affairs. Kamil Idris expands on these statements, arguing that the act may cause foreign states to defend themselves in the face of civil suits. He also points out that the act may have negative effects for the US, as it may lead other countries to respond to civil suits with legal action of their own.

Furthermore, Kamil Idris utilizes JASTA and a Third World War to argue that JASTA endangers democracy itself. He asserts that foreign states may face dramatic political changes if citizens find their countries inundated with foreign civil suits.

Kamil Idris is the President of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation and former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. He has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books. Born in Sudan, he holds law degrees from the University of Khartoum and Geneva University.

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Kamil Idris: Champion for Intellectual Property Rights

In the world of today, globalization is a frequently occurring word to explain the ever shrinking distance between global actors. From the coffee bean farmer in Colombia selling his coffee via Starbucks in America, to Indian call centers servicing helplines of western companies, citizens of the world are more connected in the last ten years than they were in the entirety of human history. And with that new connection brought about mainly through the digital age and especially the internet, a new name for an old concept moves to the forefront, intellectual property and the rights that accompany it. Intellectual property is defined by the everyday dictionary as a work or invention that is the result of creativity. This could be a manuscript or a design, and often the inventor or creator will apply for a patent, copyright or trademark to establish and protect their claim to an idea. But what happens when two people develop the same idea in two different parts of the world? Kamil Idris speaks extensively on the problems that we face in the digital age surrounding personal privacy, social media, and intellectual property.


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Enter in Dr. Kamil Idris a Sudanese national, former diplomat, and international civil servant who graduated with LLB honours from Faculty of Law at the University of Khartoum. He received his PhD in international law from Geneva University in Switzerland. Dr. Idris isthe former director general for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) based in Geneva.

Recently Dr. Idris was interviewed by Venture Outsource on the subject of intellectual property rights and what the future of globalization means for said rights. Dr. Idris spoke about how important intellectual property rights are for the development of companies and their economies. One of the hallmarks of american ingenuity has always been the dream of creating something that will bring great wealth to its creator or inventor. That dream only becomes a reality when governments create laws to protect these rights of ownership. Dr. Idris spoke about the problems of counterfeiting and piracy and the importance of protecting these rights beyond one country’s border. Indeed his organization works to bring different individuals and groups together to protect these rights internationally. He strongly advises companies to work closely with lawyers and other professionals with an in depth knowledge of the different intellectual property rights found around the world. It is predicted that the value of electronic and electronic based commerce will be in the trillions of dollars and will involve many aspects of intellectual property rights and require new policies to oversee them.

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