Fifth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

Fifth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

September 24–29, 2018
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
American University Washington College of Law
Washington, DC

Overview

  • Website:  http://infojustice.org/globalcongress2018
  • Call for Proposals/Papers Deadline:  May 15, 2018
  • Discussion Draft Deadline:  September 21, 2018
  • Session:  September 28, 2018
  • Finalized Paper Deadline:  February 15, 2019
  • Publication:  Those who plan to submit full-length law review articles can have them considered for publication in sponsoring journals (including American University Law Review, American University International Law Review, and The IP Brief).

Details

You are invited to join us in DC at the end of September for a unique gathering of intellectual property scholars and public interest advocates from around the world. This will be a week-long event, with the bulk of activity taking place at American University, but also with networking events around the city. PIJIP is hosting the Fifth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest at American University Washington College of Law from September 24-29, 2018. [Agenda at http://infojustice.org/globalcongress2018] We expect more than 200 scholars and policy advocates from more than 80 countries to be in attendance.

Call for Proposals/Papers

In particular, we are calling for proposals for a session on Friday, September 28, 2018, in which we will pair a scholar who has a law reform proposal with a panel of advocates who will provide responses and discussion.  Law reform proposals can be from prior work and can be domestic or international in scope. This could be all or part of an already published article or a new work. We would like to (re)publish submitted papers in the PIJIP Working Paper Series.

Presentation times are limited to 15 minutes with 5 minutes reserved for questions from a panel of advocates in the field. Discussion drafts are due on September 21, 2018, and finalized papers are due on February 15, 2019. Those who plan to submit full-length law review articles can have them considered for publication in sponsoring journals (including American University Law Review, American University International Law Review, and The IP Brief).

This agenda for this meeting is a mix of organizer-driven and participant-driven sessions.  If you would like to organize a session at this meeting, see below.  Applications are due by May 15, 2018.

What is the Global Congress?

The Global Congress is the largest and most important international convening of academics and advocates working at the intersection of intellectual property law and the promotion of the public interest. The core goal of the Congress is to promote evidence-based policy-making by fostering partnerships between academics and policy advocates from around the world.  The specific policy goals of the Congress were summarized the 2011 Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest http://infojustice.org/washington-declaration-html. This year’s Congress will feature several days of Members-only training, action, and strategizing before a multi-day public conference webcast to the world.

Prior Meetings

The Global Congress was launched at AUWCL in 2011, where it produced the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest — a set of research and advocacy priorities that have given shape to a broad international community.  Subsequent Congress meetings were hosted by Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade, FGV Direito, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by University of Cape Town IP Unit, Cape Town, South Africa, and by the Centre for Internet and Society, New Delhi, India. Each Congress took stock of new research and advocacy priorities and published agendas for promoting evidence-based intellectual property and information policy.

Applications to Present or Host

The Congress is now accepting applications to present or host sessions, to sponsor, or to request an early invitation for the purposes of securing a travel visa. Applications are due May 15, 2018.

An application to attend the Congress, including the Pre-Congress Training and Strategy Sessions, will be released May 15, 2018.

For more information on the Global Congress: http://infojustice.org/globalcongress2018

Contact

Michael W. Carroll
Professor of Law and Director,
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
202.274.4047