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CIPIL Annual Spring Conference 2017 – Intellectual Property and Human Rights

11 March 2017

Online registrationVenue: Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road

Twenty years ago, the relationship between intellectual property law and human rights was largely an obscure, if interesting, topic of discussion amongst academics. Today, important parts of intellectual property need to be considered in terms of whether they effectively vindicate, are consistent with, or unduly restrict, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

This Conference seeks to explore the interplay between IP and human rights. Beginning with an introduction to the different human rights instruments, their relations with European and national law, as well as an exploration of the methods used, the programme goes on to consider particular interactions, tensions and conflicts: the relationship between copyright and human rights; the relationship between trade marks and health in the context of plain packaging; the relationship between copyright and a host of other rights in discussion of intermediary liability; and the relationship with patents and the right to health.

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The CIPIL Spring Conference is held annually in early March. The conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners and students to discuss current issues in intellectual property law.