Established in 2006 from the Herchel Smith bequest to Emmanuel College and held at the college itself, this lecture series invites one eminent scholar of international intellectual property law to Cambridge each year. Attendance is by invitation only and always draws a large audience of scholars, practitioners and judges from a variety of locations across the UK.
The thirteenth annual lecture will be held in March 2018, and details will be published here nearer the time.
2016: Professor Alain Strowel (Professor, Université Saint-Louis and UCLouvain, avocat, Covington & Burling LLP, Brussels) delivered the eleventh annual lecture on the topic 'Big Data in the platform economy: A need to redesign the rules?'.
2015: Professor Pamela Samuelson (UC Berkeley) delivered the tenth annual lecture on the topic 'Functionality and Expression in Computer Programs: A Pragmatic Approach'.
2014: Professor Barton Beebe (John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law, New York University School of Law) delivered the ninth annual lecture on the topic ‘Intellectual Property Law and the Problem of Aesthetic Progress’.
2013: Professor Annette Kur (Max Planck Institute, Munich) delivered the eighth annual lecture on the topic ‘IP overlaps: Cause or consequence of overprotection?’
2012: Professor Bernt Hugenhotlz (University of Amsterdam) delivered the seventh annual lecture on the topic ‘Fair use in Europe: in search of flexibilities in copyright’.
2011: Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss (New York University) delivered the sixth annual lecture on the topic ‘Are patents good for science?’
2010: Professor Graeme Austin (Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand) delivered the fifth annual lecture on the topic ‘Copyright’s private domain’.
2009: Professor Séverine Dusollier (SciencesPo,Paris) delivered the fourth annual lecture on the topic 'Incompatible intellectual property: In search of the interoperability grail’.
2008: Professor Graeme Dinwoodie (University of Oxford) delivered the third annual lecture on the topic ‘Ensuring consumers get what they want: The role of trademark law’.
2007: Professor Brad Sherman (University of Queensland) delivered the second annual lecture on the topic ‘Taxonomic property: Intellectual property and plants’.
2006: Professor Jane Ginsburg (Columbia Law School) delivered the inaugural lecture on the topic ‘Une chose publique: history and rhetoric of the copyright public domain in France, Great Britain and the United States’.