Is Intellectual Property a Lex Specialis?
32d Annual Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP)
Oxford, June 23 to June 26, 2013
Theme: Is Intellectual Property a Lex Specialis?
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Intellectual property laws are often viewed (both by experts in the field and by others) as exceptional. Is this true? To what extent do intellectual property laws displace or conflict with generally applicable legal rules, whether of private law, public law or procedural law? To what extent could (and should) these aspects of intellectual property law simply be handled by general principles of law? Increasingly, disputes about intellectual property are adjudicated by specialist courts and judges; is this appropriate, and how does it alter the development and interpretation of intellectual property law? This Congress will explore this theme of special or exceptional treatment by examining the interaction of intellectual property law and other bodies of law. Panels will encompass questions of private law (property, tort and contract law), public law (administrative and constitutional law), procedural law (such as conflicts of law and the use of specialist courts), and international law (including international trade law).
The University of Oxford will host the 2013 Congress in the beautiful and historic setting of Pembroke College, one of Oxford’s 38 colleges. Pembroke College was founded in 1624. (Alumni of the college) BELOW include Samuel Johnson, as well as JRR Tolkien’s and Senator J. William Fulbright. Recent Masters include the neurologist and record-breaking runner, Sir Roger Bannister, and Professor of Law, Robert Stevens. A block of rooms will be reserved at Pembroke for delegates. Details of how to make your accommodation reservation will be posted soon. We recommend booking as early as possible as rooms will be made available on a first-come first served basis.
I very much look forward to welcoming you in Oxford.
If you are an ATRIP member, you should have received an invitation by email. If not, please advise us of your current email address. Send your contact details to Ms. Jenny Hassan at Jennifer.Hassan@law.ox.ac.uk