[A2k] Fwd: Fwd: Call for Participation: Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, 2015

Nehaa Chaudhari nehaa at cis-india.org
Wed May 13 02:56:43 PDT 2015

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Date: Wed, May 13, 2015 at 1:05 PM
Subject: Call for Participation: Global Congress on Intellectual 
Property and the Public Interest, 2015
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Dear all,

We are pleased to announce the call for participation for the fourth 
edition of the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public 
Interest (“Global Congress”). The theme for this year’s Congress will be 
“Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS.” We are now inviting 
applications to participate in the Congress, including session 
participation and presentations. We are also welcoming proposals for 
panels and workshops.

The application form is available now at 
[http://form.jotformpro.com/form/50854976184973?] Please note that this 
form is for application purposes, and does not amount to confirmation of 
participation. The registrations for the plenary sessions, which are 
open to the public, will open closer to the date of the Global Congress.


August 1st: Priority Deadline for Applications- Applicants will be 
considered on a rolling basis, with applications made by August 1st 
being given first consideration. Applications after August 1st to 
receive travel assistance will be considered only under exceptional 
circumstances (these details will be collected in a subsequent form).

November 1st: All applications for session participation and paper 
submissions will close on November 1st.

Application Information

For applications to participate/host: Applications to present or host 
workshops shall be considered based on the proposals to be submitted in 
the form.

For applications to attend sessions:Applications to attend sessions as 
discussants will be considered based on the statement of purpose and/or 
any other relevant information provided by the applicant.

Limited travel grants to cover accommodation and/or travel to the 
Congress will be available, with priority to those from developing 

Background, Theme and Expected Outcomes

The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest is 
the most significant event on the calendar for scholars and policy 
advocates working on intellectual property from a public interest 
perspective. By sharing their research and strategies, the network of 
experts and activists supported by the Global Congress are empowered to 
put forward a positive agenda for policy reform. The Global Congress 
began in Washington D.C. in 2011, moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2012, and 
was held in Cape Town in 2013. The fourth Global Congress will now be 
held in New Delhi, in December 2015. The event would be the largest 
convening of public interest-oriented intellectual property 
practitioners ever held in Asia, and would help link in the world's most 
populous region to these global debates around how intellectual property 
policy can best serve the public interest.

The fourth edition of the Global Congress, which brings research, civil 
society, industry and regulatory and policy-making communities together 
for active, intense engagement on key public-interest intellectual 
property issues. Opportunities for these groups to interact are rare but 
valuable; and have been proven to lead to successful policy outcomes. 
The 4thedition of the Congress, slated to be held in December, 2015 in 
New Delhi seeks to be one such opportunity.

The theme for the 2015 Congress is Three Decades of Openness; Two 
Decades of TRIPS-coming at a pivotal time for reflection, revision, and 
further strategizing. Specifically, the 2015 Congress seeks to produce 
three outcomes- first, the mobilization of existing scholarly research 
directly into the hands of civil society advocates, business leaders and 
policy makers, leading to evidence-based policies and practices; 
second,the collaborative identification of urgent, global and local 
research priorities and generation of a joint research/advocacy agenda; 
and third, the solidification of an inter-disciplinary, cross-sector and 
global networked community of experts focused on public interest aspects 
of IP policy and practice.

Participation Opportunities

Discussions at the Global Congress will be carried out in the form of 
plenary sessions, thematic tracks, cross-track sessions, and the room of 
scholars. Participation is invited for the thematic track sessions, 
cross-track sessions and the room of scholars.

The thematic tracks at the Global Congress are: 1) Openness, 2) Access 
to Medicines, 3) User Rights, 4) IP and Development.

Cross-track sessions will feature research that cuts across tracks in 
order to facilitate engagement between tracks on themes of mutual interest.

The Room of Scholars will feature presentations of research outputs such 
as draft works or white papers that may not fit directly within the 
thematic tracks but fall within the overall theme of the Global Congress.

Participation could be in the form of presenting / discussing conference 
papers or policy briefs, or by conducting workshops where they may share 
their own work and solicit feedback from peers, during the 
aforementioned sessions.

The application form for participation is available now 
athttp://form.jotformpro.com/form/50854976184973?. Please forward this 
invitation to interested lists and individuals. For more information or 
questions, you may contact globalcongress2015 at gmail.com 
<mailto:globalcongress2015 at gmail.com>.


TheCentre for Internet and Society <http://cis-india.org/>serves as the 
convenor of the fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and 
Public Interest, carried out in cooperation withNational Law University, 
Delhi <http://www.nludelhi.ac.in/>.

The implementing partners arethe <http://www.openair.org.za/>American 
Assembly <http://americanassembly.org/>at Columbia University in New 
York,Open A.I.R <http://www.openair.org.za/>., and theProgram on 
Information Justice and Intellectual Property <http://www.pijip.org/>at 
American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Swaraj Barooah

Swaraj Paul Barooah
Project Manager, "Global Congress"
(Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, 2015)

Editor-in-Chief, SpicyIP.com <http://SpicyIP.com>
Founder, Know-GAP
Twitter: @swarajpb

Nehaa Chaudhari
The Centre for Internet and Society
G-15, Top Floor
Hauz Khas
New Delhi - 110016
Ph: +91 11 4050 3285
Fax: +91 80 2535 0955

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