Intellectual Property and Access to Science and Culture: Convergence or Conflict?



Christophe Geiger (Editor)

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is pleased to publish the third issue in the CEIPI-ICTSD series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System produced jointly with the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI). The new issue, edited by Professor Christophe Geiger, 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 other contributions are by Christophe Geiger, Mylène Bidault, Lea Shaver, Carlos M. Correa, Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss, Rebecca Giblin, Kimberlee Weatherall, and Peggy Ducoulombier. 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. ceipi-ictsd_3_0

Christophe Geiger is Professor of Law, Director General and Director of the Research Department of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg (France).



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