International Intellectual Property Law
International intellectual property law has expanded substantially over the past few decades, and today seeks broadly to regulate transnational flows of information and culture. This course analyzes the international IP regime, situating it within the dynamics of globalizing flows of information and cultural objects. It provides an overview of the law, theory, and politics of this area of law, and will use case studies to illuminate the interaction between the three. Subjects covered include copyright and related rights (moral rights, traditional cultural expression, performers rights); trademarks and geographical indications; Internet domain names; trade secrets and patents. Case studies may include considerations of access to medicines, moral rights in Europe, and “piracy” in China as well as copyright formalities and Berne retroactivity.