Intellectual Property Law: Beyond IP2

Intellectual property law is only one of many legal institutions that can help promote, stifle, or govern knowledge production. For example, government transfers rewards to innovators through tax incentives, grants, and prizes; regulates innovation through the administrative state (the EPA, FTC, SEC, CPFB, etc.); creates legal rules and infrastructures that can help sustain or undermine commons-based production; and influences innovation through law and institutions related to immigration, tort law, education, and more. How do forms of law and governance beyond IP promote innovation, as well as values such as equity, privacy, and democracy? How should these systems be combined, both with one another and with IP law? At the national, local, and international levels, the state plays a critical role in innovation, both by acting directly to fund and support it, and by serving as a meta-institution that establishes the parameters of other approaches to innovation, whether they be market or commons-based.

How widespread is child labour and how is it being tackled?

World Vision’s Matthew Jones will talk about strategies that work and those that don’t in tackling child labour.

Samah Abbasi from UNICEF UK will provide case studies to demonstrate the work on tackling child labour in supply chains and Peter Williams, ETI’s NGO Coordinator, will talk about the new Traidcraft / HWW Child Labour Toolkit.

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Measuring what we treasure: exploring how human rights should inform the post-2015 indicators

Side event organized by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus
Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN

Monday 23rd March, 1:15-2:30pm, Conference Room A, UNHQ

This invitation can de downloaded in pdf format here

One of the main ‘lessons learned’ from the MDGs is that the indicators chosen to measure progress towards the post-2015 sustainable development goals will either uplift or undermine the entire agenda. Given that there is almost unanimous agreement that the agenda should be founded in human rights, and many of the OWG goals and targets overlap significantly with human rights standards, it stands to reason that the indicators we choose to monitor these efforts should be informed by human rights practice and sensitive to human rights imperatives.

Therefore, the members of the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus wish to highlight the need for an innovative and holistic indicator framework that will create the right incentives and environment to pursue transformative, rights-based sustainable development.  The event will aim to stimulate human rights-informed debate about how to measure the SDGs and accompanying targets. Topics will include: how to measure some key human rights concerns such as discrimination and inequality; the need for qualitative, process and capacity indicators rather than just quantitative outcome indicators; how to ensure the indicators chosen are tied to the most transformative elements of the targets (as opposed to the damaging tendency to ‘treasure what we can measure’ rather than vice versa); and how we can ensure that the indicators respond to and honour the social, environmental and economic elements of the SDG agenda. We will also present concrete suggestions for rights-based indicators and highlight existing experience with human rights monitoring and indicators that can usefully inform and inspire the post-2015 efforts.

The event will be based around a moderated discussion followed by Q&A, with speakers including (final list TBC):

  • Speaker from Permanent Mission of Denmark
  • Antonia Wulff, Education International
  • Kate Donald, CESR (and co-convenor of Human Rights Caucus)
  • Savio Carvalho, Amnesty International (and co-convenor of Human Rights Caucus)
  • Tessa Khan, Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
  • Bill Orme, Global Forum for Media Development
  • Marianne Mollmann, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

For further information please contact Kate Donald, Director of CESR’s Human Rights in Sustainable Development Program, at

Seminar on Common Foreign and Security Policy

The fifth cross-disciplinary dialogue of the Seminar Series of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context: ‘Beyond Pluralism? Co-Implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law’, will take place at Queen Mary Law School, Mile End Campus, room 313 (Law School Building) on 18 March 2015, from 15h to 17h.

The dialogue will examine aspects of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) from both the EU perspective and the Public International Law angle, focusing on the risks and opportunities of the interaction of rules from each regime. The event will gather Prof. Eileen Denza (UCL); Prof. Marise Cremona (European University Institute); Prof. Urfan Khaliq (Cardiff); and Prof. Phoebe Okowa (Queen Mary, Department of Law) as Chair. Attendance is free but registration is necessary.

Brennan Center Discussion on Intelligence

Rethinking Intelligence:
What Will the Intelligence Enterprise
Look Like in 10 Years?

In partnership with Defense One, former FBI veteran and Brennan Center Fellow Michael German interviewed former intelligence officials, congressional staffers, academic researchers, and advocates for an inside look at underlying structural and strategic problems in U.S. intelligence programs. Their arguments tackle three fundamental questions: what is the scope of the new intelligence community, why does it sometimes fail, and how should the U.S. reform it?

Join intelligence experts for an in-depth discussion about what’s working and what’s not with U.S. intelligence practices as well as a candid discussion about the future of national security policy. Interviews from the Brennan Center’s “Rethinking Intelligence” video project will also be screened.

Criminal Law in the Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

March 3, 2015 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Room 3-01, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to co-sponsor a talk with the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs featuring the Honorable Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, Judge on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, who will discuss criminal law in the jurisprudence of the Court.

For more information on the Honorable Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, click here.

Lawyering for Social Justice in the Age of Digital Media

[NEW TIME] Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge, MA  02138
RSVP required for those attending in person via the form below

Important Note: This luncheon will not be live webcast or recorded

Twenty years ago, effective legal advocacy required some fluency with press releases and mainstream media — but today’s digital media tools require a different sort of training.  These tools enable lawyers to bring the voices of their clients directly to policymakers and mass audiences; to create new and richer ways to present evidence and expert reports; to expose government and corporate corruption; to crowdsource the documentation of law violations; to gather and authenticate visual evidence on mobile phones; to enhance public understanding of the law, to give legal information to unrepresented litigants en masse; and so much more.  How do we teach today’s young advocates to integrate rich, multi-platform media campaigns into their legal work?

About Rebecca

Rebecca Richman Cohen has been a Lecturer on Law art Harvard Law School since 2011.  She is an Emmy Award nominated documentary filmmaker with experience in international human rights, criminal defense, and drug policy reform. Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent Film as an “up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film.” She has taught classes at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), American University’s Human Rights Institute, and most recently at Columbia University. Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She was a 2012-2013 Soros Justice Fellow.


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Step by step: Advancing workers’ rights through appellate advocacy

Appellate advocacy can be a powerful tool to accomplish social change. Changing the law through the courts is often a series of incremental advances toward a goal that can take years to realize. Through a series of cases, the Public Justice Center’s Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellows and Workplace Justice Project have worked to expand the reach and strength of Maryland wage statutes to offer the broadest possible protections to workers. Join us for a discussion of the long and winding road of advancing workers’ rights in Maryland through appellate advocacy.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
8:15 am
Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
120 E. Baltimore Street, Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202