[Ip-health] Call for papers on IP, ISA Annual Convention San Diego 2012

valbona V muzaka v.muzaka at sheffield.ac.uk
Fri May 20 04:39:32 PDT 2011

If you are interested in the call for papers below, please contact me
directly before May 31st (details at the bottom of the email). Many thanks,

  ISA 2012 Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age

*Panel title: Non-state actors and contests over intellectual property

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*Organiser: Dr. Bona Muzaka (University of Southampton, UK)*

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*Discussant: Professor Christer Jönsson (Lund University, Sweden)*


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Knowledge, innovation and art forms, as well as the technologies that make
possible their creation, use and distribution, are often protected by one
form of intellectual property right (IPR) or another. As knowledge and
innovation have become more central recently, so has the potential of IPRs
to enhance and/or hinder the way (different groups of) people learn, create,
live and develop, or not. Hence, how IPRs are governed is a matter of
concern for almost everyone.  As is widely acknowledged, the 1995 WTO TRIPs
agreement was the key event in the governance of intellectual property
rights (IPRs) of the last century, ushering in a *global* system of IPRs
underpinned by a general thrust of spreading IPRs standards developed in
US/EU to the rest of the world. Nevertheless, this ‘one-size-fits-all’
approach to the governance of IPRs has not gone unchallenged. Civil society
groups and other non-state actors have, alongside state actors, been
involved in a number of contests currently unfolding in the area of health,
development, biodiversity, indigenous peoples’ rights and many more. This
panel welcomes papers that focus particularly on non-state actors and on the
innovative way in which they have organised to challenge or support
developments in IPRs governance post-TRIPs. Questions to explore include,
but are not limited to: (1) what motivates these non-state actors to
organise on a particular issue; (2) what innovative ways have they used to
frame their objectives and foment a common cause; (3) where are they located
and how do they interact with other state and non-state actors (on either
side of a particular issue); (4) what innovative strategies have they used
and how have they shaped a given set of contests; (5) what implications has
these actors’ involvement in IPRs contests had on the way IPRs are governed,
and so on. A mixture of papers whose focus is on specific IPR issues,
geographical locations or of a comparative nature is most welcome.

Dr. Valbona Muzaka

School of Social Sciences - Politics

University of Southampton


Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Tel: (+) (44)
Email: v.muzaka at soton.ac.uk or v.muzaka at sheffield.ac.uk


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