01 December 2016: Release of a new volume in the CEIPI/ICTSD Series: “Intellectual Property and Access to Science and Culture: Convergence or Conflict?”, edited by Christophe Geiger


The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is very pleased to announce the publication of the third issue in the CEIPI/ICTSD series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System, produced jointly with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). The new issue, “Intellectual Property and Access to Science and Culture: Convergence or Conflict?”, edited by Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the Research Department at the CEIPI, explores the relationship between intellectual property (IP) rights and the right to science and culture.

This topic has recently served as the basis for an increasing body of legal scholarship and reports from international organisations, including two well-noted reports in 2014 and 2015 issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, which shed some light on the complex interactions between IP regimes and access to science and culture, but also generated further discussion. The volume includes papers authored by prominent scholars from both the intellectual property and human rights fields, including an introduction by the former UN Special Rapporteur, Farida Shaheed, herself.

The CEIPI/ICTSD publication series provides high quality academic and policy-oriented papers dealing with topics that are of global relevance because of their normative pre-eminence, economic relevance, and socio-economic impact.

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