CICL 2011

Re-envisioning progress: Pluralistic visions of intellectual property in a globalized, digitized era

La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (29-31 May)

The theme, Re-envisioning progress: Pluralistic visions of intellectual property in a globalized, digitized era focused on identifying new and innovative ways of thinking about the value of intellectual property and new media.

Held at the Melbourne Business School in Carlton, the Conference explored how heavy-handed enforcement of intellectual property rights could put a stop to innovation across all sectors. Speakers looked beyond utilitarian rationales for intellectual property protection and took account of diverse constituencies and new technological realities.

‘We hope to help chart a new path where intellectual property law can exist dynamically alongside innovation rather than working against it.’ said Professor Danielle Conway from La Trobe University’s School of Law.

The Conference featured academics from around the world and was open to the public. All of the panels were chaired by leaders in communications law including the heads of La Trobe’s School of Law, Professor Paula Baron and Professor Peter Yu and the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Centre at Drake University Law School.

The Conference was a cooperative effort of La Trobe University School of Law, Drake University Law School, the University of Louisville School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, the University of Hawai‘i, William S. Richardson School of Law, the University of Turku Faculty of Law, and the IPR University Center, Finland.

Additional co-sponsors include The Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, State Government Victoria – Koori Business Network, and the Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre.