Fordham Law


Beyond Intellectual Property - International and Comparative Aspects

The course will explore the interconnection between intellectual property and related subjects, which constitute novel and ‘non-traditional’ perspectives of intellectual property laws. Each of the topics will be presented and discussed within the theoretical background as well as within comparative and international contexts. Moreover, all of the topics are related to either drafts, suggestions or recommendations of international conventions being discussed by leading International organizations, such as WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) or the ILO (International Labor Organization).
The course will address, inter alia, the following topics: intellectual property rights in the workplace; traditional knowledge; intellectual property and gender; access to knowledge for persons with disabilities; freedom of association of workers from the entertainment sector vs. competition and antitrust laws.
The unique character of the course will be the involvement of the students in conducting comparative and international legal research and preparing a paper to be submitted (subject to certain limitations) to the relevant international organizations (i.e. WIPO or the ILO). In this way the student will have the opportunity to try to influence the world international policy makers and to learn about their work.
Students will work on research projects that promote innovative recommendations through the design, implementation, and reform of relating conventions.
The students will gain not only theoretical, international and comparative legal knowledge as well as acquiring new ways of thinking but also practical legal experience.
The students might have the option to attend a seminar in one of the international organizations in Geneva and visit the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne, subject to the approval and conditions of the specific organization and the enrollment of minimum number of students (expenses are not included).
The course will include two academic hours of class presentations per week followed by one hour, once in 2-3 weeks, of consulting meetings and discussion with the students regarding their research.
Is this course open to LL.M. students? Yes
Credits: 2 SEM 1 FLD

Type: SEM