Delivering harmony: the interface between IP, competition and human rights

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This paper will build upon arguments I have developed elsewhere that IP, competition and human rights can and should be combined within the existing UK legal framework, such that findings of infringement will be avoided in relation to technologies of groundbreaking and fundamental societal importance. These arguments may provide an immediate solution to particular problems; however, they will, or may, be of limited impact for others.

There is also a need, therefore, for the interface between intellectual property, competition and human rights to be used to make a wider contribution. As a preliminary step in this regard, this paper will explore the extent to which the legal interface between these three fields can contribute to international policy development in relation to information, communication and environmental protection. Particular reference will be made to literature regarding regime shifting and governance in relation to IP, to the World Summit on the Information Society and the draft Access to Knowledge Treaty.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
EventBILETA 24th Annual Conference 2009: To Infinity and Beyond: Law and Technology in Harmony? - Winchester University, Winchester , United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Apr 200923 Apr 2009


ConferenceBILETA 24th Annual Conference 2009
Abbreviated titleBILETA 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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