Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

The Global Congress is the main convening of a global network of over 1,000 members from 100 countries who work on the intersection of intellectual property and promotion of the public interest. The core goal is to promote evidence-based policy-making by fostering partnerships between academics and policy advocates from around the world. PIJIP works with partners around the world to organize the Global Congress. We hosted the first and fifth Congresses in 2011 and 2018, respectively. 

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Week of Intellectual Property, the Public Interest, and COVID-19

October 5-9, 2020


Fifth Global Congress - held at WCL

Fifth Global Congress, Washington, D.C., 2018

The American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) convened of the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest the week of September 24, 2018. The Global Congress spanned six days, beginning with capacity-building workshops and trainings for a selected group of international policy advocates, building to a large public international conference with plenary sessions webcast to the world.

Picture of Delhi


The Fourth Congress was hosted by the Center for Internet and Society in Delhi, India, with the goal of taking stock of ‘Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS.’  The event attracted 400 researchers, activists, and practitioners.

Speakers at Third Global Congress

Third Global Congress, Cape Town, 2013

The Third Global Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa, December 9-13, 2013. Over 250 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers discussed new work and policy developments around users’ rights and development-centered IP policy.  The event was held jointly with the capstone conference for the OpenAIR project, which brings together researcher on innovation policy in Africa.

Speakers from the Second Global Congress


The Second Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest brought 250 researchers and activists from 40 countries to Rio de Janeiro in December, 2012, to promote the development of a “positive agenda” for public-interest intellectual property policy.

Speaker from the first Global Congress


The First Global Congress brought together 200 academic, industry, NGO, and government officials in August, 2011, at American University in Washington DC.