7th Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property (American Univ. Law)

7th Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6–8pm
Tenley Campus – Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016



Professor Margaret Chon will deliver the 7th Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property in the Public Interest, hosted by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law.  A celebratory reception will follow.  Registration is free but required.

Professor Chon will deliver a lecture entitled IP Romances.


Each person’s experience with IP is based on certain assumptions, biases, and perhaps even outright fantasies about what IP is or should be all about. These various romances continue to captivate IP policy-makers and scholars even as they arguably deflect attention away from other more dynamic ways of framing, knowing, and shaping the ordering of knowledge systems. What does the durability of these romances tell us about ourselves and our intellectual investments as the storytellers of IP?

Margaret Chon is the Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, and formerly Associate Dean for Research at Seattle University School of Law. Professor Chon’s current work includes a recently published edited volume, THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GOVERNANCE, AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (September 2018). An alumna of the University of Michigan (M.H.S.A. and J.D.) and Cornell University (A.B.), she clerked for both the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham and the Honorable Dolores J. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

PIJIP’s Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property Law is named in recognition of the continuing contributions of Professor Peter A. Jaszi to the study of intellectual property at WCL and in the world at large, and in particular for his lasting contributions to the elevation of the public interest in intellectual property discourse.

The Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property is supported by tax-deductible contributions to the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

Ninth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress Conference (Santa Clara Law)

Ninth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress Conference

March 2, 2019, 8am–5pm
Santa Clara University School of Law
Charney Hall
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050



The High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law and The Institute for Information Law and Policy and New York Law School are pleased to host the 9th annual Internet Law Works in Progress series for internet law scholarship on March 2, 2019, at Santa Clara University.

The conference enables Internet law scholars from around the world to receive feedback about their in-process research from their academic peers. We broadly construe the scope of topics that fit under the Internet Law umbrella. For more background about the series, click here.

Participation Options

You can participate in the conference in one of three ways:


Type 1 papers are drafts that are far enough along to benefit from peer feedback but still early enough to accommodate substantial feedback. They have the following attributes: (1) the paper draft is submitted no later than February 11, 2019, noon Pacific time (no extensions!), and (2) as of March 2, 2019, the draft has not been circulated/accepted for publication or posted to SSRN or a similar site.

Type 2 papers are due at the same time, but they will have been circulated/accepted for publication or posted to SSRN or a similar site prior to March 2, 2019, which means they may not incorporate substantial peer feedback as easily.

We may allocate additional presentation time to Type 1 papers; and we may allocate less time to Type 2 papers and/or require that they be presented by a third-party commenter instead of the author.


These are presentations on any academic project that doesn’t meet the paper-in-progress parameters, ranging from nearly finished papers to half-baked ideas.


Space permitting, we welcome other scholars to join the conversation as active audience participants.

Each participant may make only one presentation at the conference. If you seek an exception to this rule, contact Eric Goldman ASAP.

How to Participate

If you would like to participate, email Eric Goldman (egoldman@gmail.com) the following information by the priority deadline of December 3, 2018, noon Pacific time:

  • your name, email address and institutional affiliation
  • your preferred participation option, including (if applicable) your anticipated paper type
  • the title of your paper/project (if applicable)
  • if you would be willing to serve as a commentator-presenter for someone else’s paper (if we create such roles)
We expect to reply to participation requests by December 7, 2018. We will accommodate participation requests after the priority deadline on a space-available basis. However, we’ve typically instituted a waitlist immediately after the priority deadline, so don’t delay!

There is no conference participation fee, but all participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. We will provide further travel information soon. There are no publication obligations associated with presenting at the conference.

Game Night

Game night is an integral part of the conference, and regular attendees plan their travel schedules so that they can fully enjoy the festivities. This year, game night will start with a fun team-based game (details to come). After that, we’ll have a variety of game offerings, including guided Dungeons & Dragons quests (back by popular demand!), the new CIA card game from Techdirt, Cards Against Humanity, and more!

More Information

The conference website is https://law.scu.edu/event/2019-internet-law-works-in-progress/. It’s just a placeholder for now, but more information will be added soon. Contact Eric Goldman at egoldman@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

2019 Works in Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium

2019 Works in Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium

Friday–Saturday, February 8–9, 2019
University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX



The University of Houston Law Center will host the 2019 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium on Friday and Saturday, February 8–9, 2019. The Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) is organizing the event, including its core faculty of Dave Fagundes, Paul Janicke, Craig Joyce, Sapna Kumar, Andrew Michaels, and Greg Vetter.

WIPIP offers an opportunity for intellectual property law scholars to present their works-in-progress and get early feedback from their colleagues. Faculty members are welcome to present, but presentation is not required. Non-faculty may also get a chance to present if there are sufficient slots available.

To register, please use the form at this link. The registration deadline is Friday, November 16, 2018.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact IPIL’s Program Director, Sindee Bielamowicz, at ipil@uh.edu.

The Colloquium will be held on Friday, February 8 and on Saturday, February 9. The Colloquium is free of charge. Participants are responsible for their travel and living expenses. Event meals and shuttle transport from the conference hotel will be provided.

Call for Papers and Attendees: Fourth Annual Texas A&M IP Scholars Roundtable

Fourth Annual Texas A&M Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable

Friday–Saturday, October 5–6, 2018
Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102



This annual roundtable brings together intellectual property and technology law scholars, providing them with an annual forum for sharing research and peer networking.  In addition to the usual work-in-progress presentations, this interdisciplinary roundtable will feature extended Q&A sessions and commentary offered by veteran commentators.

Whether as a presenter or a commentator, the event will provide an excellent and welcoming platform for exchanging ideas, presenting research and sharing experiences.  It will be of considerable interest to non-tenured and tenured professors alike.

Each participant will be responsible for his or her own travel expenses as well as the roundtable’s registration fee of $200.  The event will be free for current students, faculty and visiting scholars at Texas A&M University School of Law.  Presentation slots are limited and will be given out on a space-available basis. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please contact Professor Peter Yu.

One of the important feature of this roundtable is that it has no concurrent sessions:  all participants listen to and comment on the same set of papers in each session.  We also welcome both junior and senior scholars—in all capacities.  For those who do not plan to present, we will list you as commentators in the program (as a group without designated papers).  The organizers will also be glad to provide you with an invitation letter for travel or reimbursement purposes.

Texas A&M University School of Law IP Faculty

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CFP: TILTing Perspectives 2019 (Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society)

TILTing Perspectives 2019: Regulating a World in Transition

May 15–17, 2019
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society
Tilburg University
Tilburg, The Netherlands


  • Website:  https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/students/news/show/news-call-for-papter-tilting-perspectives-transition/
  • Deadline for symposium, panel and workshop proposals:  November 1, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of paper abstracts:  November 1, 2018
  • Notification of acceptances:  December 16, 2018
  • Submission of papers (if applicable):  March 15, 2019
  • Conference Fee (includes access to the academic conference sessions, coffee/tea/lunch during three conference days, conference BBQ on May 15, dinner on May 16 and drinks on May 17)
    • Early Bird (until March 15, 2019): € 250
    • Regular fee (after March 15, 2019): € 300
    • PhD students: € 100
    • Master and Bachelor students: € 50


Urbanization, migration, platformization, digitalization, smartification, datafication, economic integration and, climate mitigation and adaptation. There is a common denominator to each and every one of these concepts: Change. A transition from a given ‘old’ to an unknown or uncertain ‘new’. Change itself is closely related to technology. Change may be the intended result of the application of a technology, or it may be one of its unintended side effects. In any case, the development of technology by humanity poses complex moral and legal questions as to the acceptability of the intended and unintended effects that technology has on a given society.

These developments and transformations warrant the adoption of ‘Regulating a World in Transition’ as the theme for the sixth bi-annual TILTing Perspectives conference on the intersection of law, technology, and society.

Whereas TILTing conferences historically have had a specific focus such as ‘robotics and neurotechnologies’ in 2011 and ‘health and surveillance’ in 2015, the 2017 conference for the first time introduced an entire spectrum of topics and disciplines under the broad umbrella of law, technology and society. The TILTing 2019 conference maintains this approach and welcomes contributions on different types of technologies, as well as general observations on transition and the regulation of technology in a changing world.

The TILTing Perspectives 2019 conference strives to bring together scholars of various disciplines that conduct research on the ways in which societies attempt to regulate technologies that both contribute to a changing world and that equally constitute evidence of humanity’s attempts to tame the negative aspects of that transition.

Innovation is the key driver behind technology. Never before has technological advancement progressed at such a rapid pace. This fact poses several legislative and governance challenges for regulators across the globe: when should regulation intervene in innovation? Can existing regulation be applied to new technologies, or does every technology require a novel approach? How can innovation be ensured, without compromising public health and safety or the environment? Should innovative new technologies be regulated as strictly as traditional technologies in order to ensure a level playing field? How can popular support for new technologies be ensured in times when they are still surrounded by uncertainty? How can regulation adequately balance societal concerns such as privacy with the application of new technologies?

These questions represent merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of questions that will be addressed at TILTing 2019. In addition to these overarching questions that apply horizontally across the regulation of different technologies, the conference also hosts discussions on the regulatory aspects of certain specific technologies that are developed and applied across different fields. Inevitably, the transition from an analogue to a digital society plays a crucial role in the TILTing 2019 program.

The conference features six large tracks:

  • Data Protection
  • Health and Environment
  • Responsibility in Artificial Intelligence
  • Intellectual Property and Innovation
  • Digital Clearinghouse
  • Justice and the Data Market

For detailed information about these tracks, click here to read the full CFP.

15th Annual SMU Symposium on Emerging IP Issues: Disruptive Ideas and Emerging Technology

15th Annual Symposium on Emerging IP Issues: Disruptive Ideas and Emerging Technology

Friday, September 21, 2018
SMU Dedman School of Law
Hillcrest Classroom
6550 Hillcrest Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205



A one-day symposium exploring the latest news, legal developments, and judicial decisions, including panels on:
  • Blockchain
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • The Dallas Innovation Ecosystem


8–8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am–3:15pm Symposium
12–12:45pm Luncheon and Keynote Address
3:15–4:15pm Reception

Keynote Speakers

Featured Speakers

  • Jennifer M. Collins, Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Daniel Creekmore, ASAI, VizLab ManagerSr. AssociatePerkins+WillInc.
  • Cole Davis ‘13, Attorney and Entrepreneur
  • Tonya M. Evans, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Michael D. Karson, Associate, Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Tom Kulik, Partner, IP & Information Technology Partner, Scheef & Stone, LLP
  • Dr. Ryan McMahan, Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Arts and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Mark Methinitis, Principal Corporate Counsel, T-Mobile/metroPCS
  • Brandi Parker, Attorney, Microsoft Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs
  • W. Keith Robinson, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Hope Shimabuku, Director of the USPTO Texas Regional Office
  • Chris Storm, Legal Director, Emerging Technologies, Uber
  • David O. Taylor, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Kumar Vinnakota, Partner, Janik Vinnakota LLP
  • Peter K. Yu, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property; Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University School of Law

Hofstra Fall 2018 IP Colloquium

Hofstra Fall 2018 IP Colloquium

Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Center for Intellectual Property Law
121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549



The Intellectual Property Colloquium aims to put Hofstra Law students in conversation with nationally renowned faculty about some of the most cutting-edge scholarly work in the field. By bringing experts and their research into the classroom, the colloquium gives students a unique opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of topics in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrecy, and privacy law while honing their oral and writing skills in a personalized setting. We are excited to welcome such a highly talented group of scholars to our law school.

Founder of the Intellectual Property Colloquium

Irina D. Manta, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

Professor Manta is the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and teaches in the intellectual property and property fields. She previously worked as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and an assistant professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Her articles have appeared in the Emory Law Journal, William & Mary Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Washington & Lee Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Stanford Technology Law Review, Florida Law Review, NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, Arizona Law Review, SMU Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Cornell Law Review Online, among others.

Monday, August 27, 2018, 4:10-6 p.m.

Hofstra Law, Room 242

Music as a Matter of Law

Joseph Fishman, Associate Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School

Professor Fishman’s research focuses on intellectual property, particularly its relationship to creativity and the creative process. He is also interested in how law shapes the production and consumption of music. Professor Fishman joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2015 after serving as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School.

Monday, September 24, 2018, 4:10-6 p.m.

Hofstra Law, Room 242

The Property Law Misfit in Patent Law

Sarah R. Wasserman Rajec, Associate Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School

Professor Rajec teaches and writes about patent law and its intersection with international trade law. She previously held a fellowship in the Law, Science & Technology Program at Stanford Law School, following clerkships on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Monday, October 8, 2018, 4:10-6 p.m.

Hofstra Law, Room 242

Testing the Jurisdictional Waters: Developments in Trade Secret Litigation since the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Robin Effron, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, Brooklyn Law School

Professor Effron teaches procedure and international business law courses. Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School’s faculty, Professor Effron was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein on the Southern District of New York. In law school, she was articles editor on the NYU Law Review.

Monday, October 22, 2018, 4:10-6 p.m.

Hofstra Law, Room 242

The Skeleton and the Hard Drive: Encryption and the Fifth Amendment

David Opderbeck, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall University Law School

Professor Opderbeck’s work focuses on intellectual property, cybersecurity and technology law and policy. His publications concerning cybersecurity law and policy consider the law and economics of data breach litigation, executive power in cyber emergencies, and issues relating to law enforcement and encryption. He maintains a website relating to his work at www.davidopderbeck.com. He also blogs at thecybersecuritylawyer.com and can be found on Twitter at @cyberseclawyer.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 4: 10-6 p.m.

Hofstra Law, Room 242

Patent Accidents

Oskar Liivak, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Professor Liivak has been at Cornell Law School since 2006 teaching both Intellectual Property and Patent Law classes. His research and scholarship focuses mainly on patent law. Prior to arriving at Cornell, Professor Liivak clerked for Judge Sharon Prost on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Monday, November 19, 2018, 4:10-6 p.m.

Hofstra Law, Room 242

Access to Algorithms: Government Accountability in an Age of Machines

Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Assistant Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Professor Bloch-Wehba teaches and writes on cyberlaw, civil liberties, and government accountability. Prior to joining the faculty, she spent two years as a Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Monday, December 3, 2018, 4:10-6 p.m.

Hofstra Law, Room 242

Trademarks vs. Brands

Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Sunder is a leading scholar of law and culture. She was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2006 and has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and Cornell Law School. Her work traverses numerous legal fields, from intellectual property to human rights law and the First Amendment. Her book, “From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice,” was published by Yale University Press in 2012.

Call for Papers: First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference (Int’l Islamic University Malaysia)

Call for Papers:  First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference

January 31–February 1, 2019
Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
International Islamic University Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia


  • Website:  http://ipresearchersasia.org/annual-conference/
  • Abstract Submission Deadline:  October 15, 2018 (Late requests will be considered only based on schedule availability.)
  • Submission Process:  Email to IPResearchersAsia@gmail.com containing (1) a title and short abstract of the paper or work-in-progress (500 words or less) submitted to present as a Word or PDF attachment, and (2) academic affiliation of the author(s), including a short bio (200 words or less) as Word or PDF attachment and a recent picture
  • Notification of Acceptances:  October 31, 2018
  • Confirmation of Participation:  November 15, 2018


The Conference is organized by the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia in collaboration with the WIPO Academy, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), Texas A&M University School of Law, and the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva.

The scientific organizers of the First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference are:

  • Ida Madieha Abdul Ghani Azmi (Professor, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws International Islamic University Malaysia)
  • Irene Calboli (Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law; Visiting Professor, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws International Islamic University Malaysia; Visiting Professor, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University)
  • Sherif Saadallah (Executive Director, WIPO Academy, World Intellectual Property Organization)
  • Antony Taubman (Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division, World Trade Organization)
  • Jacques de Werra (Professor and Vice-Rector, University of Geneva)

The IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference is an initiative created to provide a forum for academics and other researchers to present and discuss their papers and works-in-progress with colleagues from other universities, policy makers, and other stakeholders. The First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference is modelled after the “First IP Researchers Europe Conference,” which was held in Geneva on 29 June 2018 at WIPO and was jointly organized by WIPO, WTO, and the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. In addition, one of the organizers, Professor Irene Calboli, was the organizer of the Conference “IP Scholars Asia” in Singapore in 2016, 2017, and 2018 with the support of the WIPO Academy.

Academics and researchers who are interested in presenting at the First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference can submit the request to present by responding to this Call for Papers.

The scientific organizers welcome submissions by senior, mid-career, and junior academics. Submissions from a variety of disciplines, including legal scholars, economists, sociologists, scholars from the humanities, etc., are encouraged. All scholars writing on topics related to IP law-related issues in Asian law, international law, and comparative law from any country are welcome to apply.

For questions related to the Call for Papers, or the First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference in general, email us at IPResearchersAsia@gmail.com.

Call for Papers: 2018 Conference of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association: Copyright Licensing and Regulation in the Asian Pacific (Renmin Univ. Beijing)

Call for Papers: 2018 Conference of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association: Copyright Licensing and Regulation in the Asian Pacific

October 26–28, 2018
School of Law
Renmin University of China
Beijing, China



This year’s theme provides ample scope for scholars in diverse areas of copyright law. Copyright licensing and copyright regulation are of course common to all countries in the region, but there are likely to be many practical and conceptual differences in their underlying policies and application throughout the Asian Pacific

For instance, most countries of the region will be familiar with the concepts of collective licences and compulsory licences. However, there are likely to be different perspectives of the merits of these licences within the region. For instance, are compulsory licences administered in a way that is fair to the creators in a particular country? Is the number of collective licensing bodies sufficient to ensure competitive behaviours?

Open licensing of copyright works has its advantages and disadvantages. Yet many governments and creators have adopted open licensing regimes for their copyright works, without necessarily considering the debates around these regimes.

It is well-established that copyright licensing has assumed great importance in relation to digital products. International trading in consumer products has been facilitated by the online environment, but frequently the concept of ‘sale’ has been replaced by a copyright licence. Some countries will question whether and how this change aligns with copyright’s first sale doctrine, or with their parallel importing regulations.

Similarly, in this digital age, the expectations of students and teachers in regard to educational materials have changed, while the signing of the Marrakesh Treaty has expanded the ability of member states to provide accessible materials to their sight-impaired citizens.  Has appropriate domestic regulation been put in place to achieve these new developments? How might cultural and indigenous works be included in copyright regulation?

Border control of copyright works is another important area pertaining to regulation, as is the increasing significance of private ordering.

Finally, an evolving and topical area within the legal academy is that of artificial intelligence and intellectual property. Is the protection of artificial intelligence appropriately confined to the patent system? Or does copyright also have a role to play? If so, how might copyright regulation be expanded to address this new area?

The APCA Executive Committee invites you to submit a paper proposal, including an abstract (max. 500 words), the author’s name, title and affiliation. Scholars of all levels of experience are invited to submit proposals. We will strive to achieve diversity of representation across the Asian Pacific in the selection process.

Please send your English proposal to the APCA President, A/Prof. Susan Corbett, at susan.corbett@vuw.ac.nz, or Chinese proposal to A/Prof. Luo, Li, at luo.li@ruc.edu.cn by no later than 17 August 2018. Notification of the outcome of the selection process will be by early September 2018.

Organizing Committee

  • Susan Corbett, Associate Professor, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Jessica C. Lai, Senior Lecturer, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Luo, Li, Associate Professor, School of Law, Renmin University of China
  • Natalie Stoianoff, Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Call for Papers: 2nd Biennial Conference on Race + IP: Exclusions, Engagements, Empowerment (NYU Law)

Call for Papers: 2nd Biennial Conference on Race + IP: Exclusions, Engagements, Empowerment (NYU Law)

April 5–6, 2019
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012


  • Proposal Deadline:  September 30, 2018
  • Submit Materials to:  Emily Rogers, er2359@nyu.edu
    • For paper proposals, please send a short abstract (~300 words) and 2-3 page CV.
    • For roundtable proposals, please send a description of the session’s topic, each participant’s contribution (~500 words total), and 2-3 page CVs for each participant.
  • Inquiries to Co-Organizers:


Intellectual property (IP) is an increasingly important site of social, political and economic struggle. An emerging body of scholarship has begun to consider how IP reflects and reinforces inequalities along lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, class and disability. Drawing on critical race theory and critical legal theory, this scholarship is asking integral questions about the hidden racialized categories that inform law, legal decision-making, and policy making within the context of IP law.

This conference will bring together a unique set of speakers whose work is dedicated to unraveling how knowledge production regimes contribute to local and global economic inequality as well as facilitate the ongoing dispossession of marginalized populations. In our current political environment, it is important to initiate new conversations about legal sites of inequality and injustice. This conference seeks to focus on the embedded practices of colonialism and racism that not only inform the creation of this body of law, but that are disguised and hidden in its ongoing operation especially through the social and cultural privileges that it generates for specific populations.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Rebecca Tsosie, University of Arizona, Professor of Law
    Areas of expertise: tribal self-determination within the US constitutional framework, environmental justice for tribal communities, and intellectual property rights for cultural resources.
  • Chidi Oguamanam, University of Ottowa, Professor of Law
    Areas of expertise: global knowledge governance, IP, and technology law—with an emphasis on biodiversity and biotechnology, including agricultural biotechnology.

We welcome proposals for traditional papers and pre-constituted roundtable sessions on these and other related themes:

  • Power, cultural property, and ownership
  • Race, genetic research, and IP
  • Indigenous exclusions, engagements and appropriations of IP law
  • Racial and gender inequality in IP economies
  • Sites of new IP sovereignties
  • Race and inequality in global IP governance
  • IP and the development of criminal justice technologies
  • Disability and IP