The Fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

National Law University, Delhi, India

Dec 15-17, 2015


Applications to participate are now closed. However, those interested can still attend the plenary sessions on the opening day of the Global Congress (15th December, 2015) by registering on the spot at 8:30 AM on December 15, 2015 at National Law University, Delhi.

Registration Fee (by cash/cheque only)

Opening Day Plenary Sessions - Rs. 2500

For Students

Student discounts are only applicable to full time students. Proof of student status must be provided at the time of registration. Opening Day Plenary Sessions - Rs. 1500

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. The Global Congress supports the formation of strong networks and the dissemination of research and strategies amongst academics and practitioners, with the aim of empowering them to respond to law reform and enforcement proposals that threaten access and innovation, and to put forward a positive agenda for policy reform. The Global Congress began in Washington DC 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 theme for the 2015 Congress is "Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS". The theme juxtaposes the beginnings of an aspect of a culture of Openness with that of the establishment of minimum standards of intellectual property protection and the carving of limitations and exceptions within these standards.

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 and practitioners focused on public interest aspects of IP policy and practice.

Alongside focused keynote speakers and plenary sessions, the 2015 Global Congress will carry out discussions through 4 parallel “tracks”, in the fields of “Openness”, “Access to Medicines”, “User Rights”, and “IP & Development”. There will also be cross-track sessions to accommodate discussions falling within more than one track.

This year’s Congress will also feature an additional "Room of Scholars". "The Room of Scholars" has been conceptualized as that cross­cutting space, not restricted to a particular track but as running along side them. The "Room of Scholars" will be an opportunity for the presentation of longer, more detailed academic research papers on the theme of the Congress.