International intellectual property law expert Daniel Gervais to give Charles Clark Memorial Lecture

Feb 11, 2019

Daniel Gervais, who holds the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, will deliver the Charles Clark Memorial Lecture at the London Book Fair on March 11, 2019. His talk with focus on new intermediation and old law, exceptions as the new rules, and copyright and progress.

Gervais directs Vanderbilt’s Intellectual Property Program and is co-director of the law school’s LL.M. Program, a one-year master’s degree program for attorneys from nations other than the United States.

Gervais is an expert on international intellectual property law, having spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues as a as legal officer at the World Trade Organization (WTO), as head of the Copyright Projects section of the WIPO, and deputy secretary general of International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), and vice-chair of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO). He is the author of The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, a leading guide to the text that governs international intellectual property rights. He is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property. In 2012, he was the first North American law professor admitted to the Academy of Europe. He is currently serving as chairman of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). He is a member of the American Law Institute.

Gervais will deliver a 30-minute lecture followed by a  question-and-answer section moderated by William Bowes, general counsel and director of policy at the Publishers Association.

Since its inception in 2008, the Charles Clark Memorial Lecture has grown to be the most important copyright event at the London Book Fair—the home of global copyright trading in the publishing industry. Supported by representative bodies from across the publishing industry—the Publishers Association, Copyright Licensing Agency, the Federation of European Publishers, the Publishers’ Licensing Services and the International Publishers Association—the lecture focusses on key developments in the world of copyright.

The event will bring together copyright experts, from academics to practitioners, publishing professionals, rights managers, authors, artists, professionals from the wider creative industries and those interested in the future of copyright for publishing and IP.


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