Panelists Debate Intellectual Property, Trade and Development at American University Washington College of Law Event, Oct. 16

Interdisciplinary Event to Convene Policymakers and Academics from Multiple Fields

CONTACT: Mike Palmedo, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, 202-274-4442


Washington, D.C., Oct. 9, 2012 - American University Washington College of Law will host a multidisciplinary event bringing together academics, civil society, and policy makers to examine how intellectual property affects economic growth in countries at different levels of development, and analyze the way the United States ratifies trade agreements. 

The event is cohosted by the law school’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, and the non-profit group Public Citizen. 

The first of two morning panels will include professors of economics, law, and business, who have written about the linkages between intellectual property, innovation, and determinants of growth. The second panel will feature the authors of the recent—and often cited—Department of Commerce report Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus. The authors, representing the biotechnology industry and non-profit sector, have each been involved in the TPP negotiations.

Yale Law Professor Oona Hathaway will deliver a lunchtime lecture, presenting her critique of the way trade agreements are implemented in the United States via executive agreements, and her proposal to create a more balanced, democratic, and effective system for international lawmaking in the United States. Her talk will be followed by a response from NYU Law Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss.

Webcast and registration information is available here:


9:00 a.m. - Academic Perspectives on Intellectual Property and Development

10:30 a.m. - Government, Industry and Civil Society Perspectives

12:00 p.m.  - Lunch is served

12:15 p.m. - Presidential Power Over International Law: Restoring the Balance After ACTA

2:00 p.m. - Close

Media inquiries should be directed to Megan Smith, public relations coordinator, 202-274-4276.  


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