A public conference and closed-door strategy meeting held at American University Washington College of Law February 21-22, 2013, brought together scholars and advocates who are working to map the doctrinal and strategic intersections of intellectual property and human rights.
Webcasts from the public conference on intellectual property and human rights are included below. The event focused on four distinct sets of issues being explored as part of a forthcoming book project edited by Molly Land and Peter Yu.
On the second day, invitees held a roundtable discussion that launched a new network on IP and Human Rights. Outputs of the meeting included two new members-only resources — a email discussion list and an online syllabus bank to share teaching materials. The network is open to academics and advocates working at the intersection of intellectual property and human rights issues. To apply to join the network use the following link.
The meeting was chaired by Sean Flynn, PIJIP, American University Washington College of Law; Laurence Helfer, Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke University Law School; Molly Land, Institute for Information Law and Policy, New York Law School; Peter Yu, Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University Law School. Sponsors included the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University College of Law; Committee on International Intellectual Property, American Branch of the International Law Association and the Pro Bono Practice on Intellectual Property and Human Rights of Sterne Kessler, LLP.
Each Fall, PIJIP sponsors the distinguished lecture on intellectual property. The lecturers are jurists, scholars, and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the field. Lecturers are encouraged to address topics that relate to PIJIP's mission -- achieving a just and equitable social balance between the desire to reward creators and the need to ensure broad public access to the fruits of social and economic production.