Beyond Intellectual Property

The course will explore the interconnection between intellectual property and related subjects, which constitute novel and non-traditional perspectives of intellectual property laws. Each of the topics will be presented and discussed within the theoretical background, practical aspects in the US as well as within comparative and international contexts. Moreover, many of the topics are related to either drafts, suggestions or recommendations of international conventions being discussed by leading International organizations, such as WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) or WHO. The course will address, inter alia, the following topics: intellectual property rights in the workplace, privacy within social networks and the right to be forgotten, traditional knowledge, intellectual property and gender, access to knowledge for persons with disabilities, freedom of association of workers from the entertainment sector vs. competition and antitrust laws.The unique character of the course will be the involvement of the students in conducting legal research (US laws,  comparative and international aspects) and preparing a paper to be published (when meets the criteria) within a book (TBP by Fordham Press) and/or to be submitted (subject to certain limitations) to the relevant international organizations (i.e. WIPO). In this way the student will work on research projects that promote innovative recommendations through the design, implementation, and reform of relating conventions and have the opportunity to try to influence the  policy makers. The students will gain not only theoretical, international and comparative legal knowledge as well as acquiring new ways of thinking but also practical legal experience.The students might have the option to attend a seminar in one of the international organizations in Geneva and visit the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne, subject to the approval and conditions of the specific organization and the enrollment of minimum number of students. The course will include two academic hours of class presentations per week followed by one hour, once in 2-3 weeks, of consulting meetings and discussion with the students regarding their research. 
Credits: 2 SEM 1 FLD

Type: SEM