Professor Kamil Idris was born and raised in Sudan. He studied law at the University of Khartoum where he graduated with LLB honors. He later went to study in Switzerland at the Geneva University where he graduated with a PhD in international law. He boasts several honorary law degrees that he received from 19 different universities all over the world.
Professor Kamil Idris served World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from 1997 to 2008 as its Director General. He also headed the International Union for the protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). Kamil is a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations. Professor Kamil Idris has several books under his name that address international issues such as development, international law, and intellectual property. He is currently the president of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation (ICAM).
Addressing on the World Intellectual Property Day, Professor Kamil said that the popularity of that day was growing at a very high rate. He acknowledged that the celebration was receiving more and more members as organizations and governments join.
He noted that ordinary people might wonder what the essence of associating things like trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights and patents with issues such as global warming.
He explained that there could not be a technological advancement if there were not intellectual property rights. He noted that progress in technology helps the world to tackle worldwide problems. He continued that some of the innovations that help in combating global challenges would not have been realized if it were not for the intellectual property rights.
Professor Kamil said that the World Intellectual Property day is meant to celebrate the power of human creativity as well as the rights given to the intellectual property. He maintained that these rights channels and fuels human creativity and as a result it becomes an essential catalyst for social, cultural and economic development.
Professor Idris appreciated the resourcefulness of human species that has helped the world to transform from the first wheel to the clean fuel innovation of the latest generation. He praised human intellectualism saying that it is the big pin behind all the significant transformation that we all enjoy today.