FICCI-KAS Dialogue Series: 'Rule of Law: Strengthening Indo-German Ties – IPR and Legal Cooperation'
'Rule of Law: Strengthening Indo-German Ties – IPR and Legal Cooperation'
Addressing an eminent audience of legal experts, Indian industry and academia, Justice Pratibha Singh, Guest of Honour for the Delhi edition, called for cutting-edge intellectual property, that is where cooperation between countries like Germany who are strong on intellectual property, and India which is strong on consumption potential and human resources would help create cohesion. Recent years have seen conflicts in IPRs leading to breakdown of negotiations of free trade agreements and disputes under the bilateral investment treaties. IPRs also govern the future of the multilateral negotiations such as RCEP, shaping of the laws related to several important domains such as data protection and data exclusivity. Justice Singh identified 10 comprehensive suggestions to improve the IPR regime and strengthen Indo-German ties. She was speaking at FICCI-KAS Dialogue series, on Rule of Law which saw the India launch of IGALIndo German Association for Legal Cooperation. The launch was held in New Delhi on 9 August 2018 and 11 August 2018, in Mumbai.
On the occasion, the Second and the Third Dialogue in the FICCI-KAS Dialogue Series was organised on 'Rule of Law: Strengthening IndoGerman Ties-IPR and Legal Cooperation.' The German Embassy was represented by Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), German Embassy in New Delhi and Gabriele Boner, Deputy Consul General, German Consulate in Mumbai.
Governments guarantee and safeguard accountability, stability, equality and access to justice for all through the rule of law. By institution of a strong rule of law, governments provide business and society, the reliability of knowing that all rights are respected and protected. According to the UN Global Compact's Business for the Rule of Law Framework, there are great benefits to business and other stakeholders in respecting and supporting the rule of law. Despite this existing strategic partnership between India and Germany, there was no effective platform for lawyers, judges or academics dedicated to the exchange on legal issues and the rule of law. Accordingly, the 'Indo German Association for Legal Cooperation' (IGAL) was launched in the Indian Embassy in Berlin in November 2017.
Narendra Sabharwal, Chair, FICCI IP Committee & Former Deputy Director General, WIPO in his opening remarks, at the Delhi edition spoke about how innovation was driving business in India and Germany. Hence, IPR laws and legal cooperation is very important for both countries. Explaining the relevance of IGALIndo German Association for Legal Cooperation, the founding members Christian Hirte, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for
Economic Affairs and Energy and Nalin Kohli, Advocate and National Spokesperson of the BJP spoke about the shared mutual respect for Rule of Law in both countries and how to improve and sustain legal cooperation between India and Germany. They stated that the aim of IGAL is to contribute to the successful internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises through handholding and information exchange between lawyers and legal experts from both countries. It also intends to become a platform for a comprehensive legal exchange between the two countries.
Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), German Embassy, in his special address, encouraged India to develop more ownership regarding foreign investments. He stated that companies like 'Volkswagen India', 'BASF India' or 'Siemens India' skill and employ thousands of Indian employees, pay taxes to the Indian budget, increase India's GNP and contribute to Indian exports to the rest of the world.
Subsequent to this address, board members of IGAL Holger J Jakob, (Board Member, IGAL and Partner FPS), Hardy Herbert (Board Member, IGAL), spoke about the relevance of IPR and legal cooperation for Indian and German companies to further their partnership.
Peter Rimmele, KAS – Resident Representative India, in his closing remarks, emphasised the need for greater cooperation and mutual understanding between India and Germany under the broad ambit of shared and mutual respect for rule of law.
At the Mumbai edition of the dialogue, held on 11 August 2018, Peter Rimmele, KAS – Resident Representative to India, spoke about the need for legal cooperation between the two countries – India and Germany. Special remarks were delivered by Gabriele Boner, Deputy Consul General, German Consulate in Mumbai, who further emphasized on the need to strengthen IndoGerman ties by improving respect for IPR laws as well as through promotion of legal cooperation under the broad ambit of shared respect for rule of law.
Christian Hirte, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Nalin Kohli, Advocate and National Spokesperson of the BJP, re-emphasized the shared mutual respect for Rule of Law in both countries and how to improve and sustain legal cooperation between the two countries. Both mentioned how the aim of IGAL is to become a platform for a comprehensive legal exchange between the two countries. The German Chairman of IGAL as well as the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, Christian Hirte, stressed upon the importance of cooperation between the two constitutional states of India and Germany.
Dignitaries at the FICCI-KAS Dialogue Series in New Delhi.
The panellists at the at the FICCI-KAS Dialogue Series in Mumbai.