IP and Human Rights


A public conference and closed-door strategy meeting held at American University Washington College of Law February 21-22, 2013, brought together scholars and advocates who are working to map the doctrinal and strategic intersections of intellectual property and human rights.

Webcasts from the public conference on intellectual property and human rights are included below. The event focused on four distinct sets of issues being explored as part of a forthcoming book project edited by Molly Land and Peter Yu.

On the second day, invitees held a roundtable discussion that launched a new network on IP and Human Rights. Outputs of the meeting included two new members-only resources — a email discussion list and an online syllabus bank to share teaching materials. The network is open to academics and advocates working at the intersection of intellectual property and human rights issues. To apply to join the network use the following link.

The meeting was chaired by Sean Flynn, PIJIP, American University Washington College of Law; Laurence Helfer, Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke University Law School; Molly Land, Institute for Information Law and Policy, New York Law School; Peter Yu, Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University Law School. Sponsors included the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University College of Law; Committee on International Intellectual Property, American Branch of the International Law Association and the Pro Bono Practice on Intellectual Property and Human Rights of Sterne Kessler, LLP.

Public Conference on IP and Human Rights – Thursday, February 21

IP & the Right to Health

IP & Free Expression and Access to Information

  • Molly Land, Institute for Information Law and Policy, New York Law School, Chair (Bio)
  • Graeme Austin, Victoria University of Wellington (Bio)
  • Nicola Lucchi, Jönköping International Business School (Bio | Presentation)
  • Rebecca Mackinnon, New America Foundation (Bio)
  • Antonio Martinez, Article 19 (Presentation)
IP & the Right to Benefit Take Part in Cultural Life and Enjoy the Benefits of Science

  • Peter Yu, Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University Law School, Chair (Bio)
  • Chidi Oguamanam, University of Ottawa (Bio | Presentation)
  • Lea Shaver, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Bio | Presentation)
  • Jessica Wyndham, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program (Bio)
Emerging Issues at the Intersection of IP and Human Rights

  • J. Janewa OseiTutu, Florida International University College of Law, Chair (Bio)
  • Steve Jamar, IIPSJ, Howard University (Bio | Presentation)
  • Alberto Cerda, Derechos Digitales (Bio | Presentation)
  • Josh Sarnoff, Depaul University College of Law (Bio)
  • Ahmed Abdel Latif, International Centre on Trade and Sustainable Development (Bio | Presentation)