25-27 April 2018: 19th EIPIN Congress “Enforcing Intellectual Property in Trade and Investment Agreements: What Safeguards for its Social Function?”, European Parliament, Strasbourg


From 25 to 26 April 2018 CEIPI will organize the 19th Congress of the EIPIN network at the premises of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The title of the congress will be “Enforcing Intellectual Property in Trade and Investment Agreements: What Safeguards for its Social Function?” and will be held under the scientific direction of Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI. This event will be followed by a doctoral seminar of the EIPIN Innovation Society European Joint Doctorate Programme on 27 April 2018.

International trade and investment agreements increasingly include provisions on the protection of intellectual property. Recent decisions of arbitral tribunals shed light on this interaction between intellectual property and investment law raising important questions about the coexistence of the different bodies of law and the competence of various fora for adjudicating IP-related disputes. This conference will critically examine the present landscape of trade and investment agreements, the legitimacy of current practices and the likely avenues for future developments in the field. The latest cases will be discussed not only in the context of investor-state dispute settlement but also in the framework of the WTO mechanisms. The interaction with fundamental rights and ethics will be explored, as well as some specific implications for the EU. The ongoing negotiations with regards to the CETA and the TTIP will serve as a common thread for the discussions.

This event is organized in partnership with the EIPIN network and the European Parliament Liaison Office in Strasbourg.

For information about the EIPIN network: http://www.eipin.org/

For information about the EIPIN IS programme: http://www.eipin-innovationsociety.org/

The conference will be recorded and available on our website later on.

Click here for the programme.

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