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

swaraj barooah swaraj.barooah at gmail.com
Wed May 13 12:47:36 PDT 2015

Dear all,

My apologies for missing out a crucial detail on the earlier form! The
dates of the Congress are *15th - 17th December, 2015. *The application
form will be updated to reflect this shortly.
For those interested, more details are currently available on the concept
note for the conference, viewable here
The 2015 Global Congress website with all these details and more will be
launched and publicized in the coming weeks.


On Wed, May 13, 2015 at 1:05 PM, Swaraj Barooah <swaraj.barooah at gmail.com>

> [Apologies for cross posting. Please circulate to anyone who may be
> interested]
> 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.
> Deadlines
> 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 countries.
>  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 4th
> edition 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 at
> http://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.
> Organisation
> The Centre 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 with National Law University, Delhi
> <http://www.nludelhi.ac.in/>.
> The implementing partners are the <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 the Program 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
> Founder, Know-GAP
> Twitter: @swarajpb

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