April 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Farmer Conference Room
401 Sunset Ave.

Graeme B. Dinwoodie
Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law


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The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities has been heralded by a wide range of commentators as a step in a new direction in international copyright law.  This seminar will assess the treaty’s significance through the lens of a conventional consideration that has been around since the formation of the Berne Convention, namely, to what extent does it alter our understanding of the notion of universalism in international copyright law.  And through that assessment, I want to consider the whole notion of universalism in international copyright law and develop (with an eye to Marrakesh as well as a couple of other recent developments) the range of mechanisms by which universalism might be pursued.

Professor Dinwoodie is a prolific intellectual property scholar of international renown. From 2009 to 2018, he was Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Oxford, where he was also Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and a Professorial Fellow of St. Peter’s College. Immediately prior to taking up the IP Chair at Oxford, Professor Dinwoodie was for several years a Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. During that time, Professor Dinwoodie led Chicago-Kent’s Program in Intellectual Property Law, helping to build the program’s international reputation. From 2005 to 2009, he also held a Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary College, University of London.