Prof. Peter K. Yu

Professor of Law

Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property

Texas A&M University School of Law


 

 

conferences

 

World Trade, Intellectual Property, and the Global Elites

WORLD TRADE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY,

AND THE GLOBAL ELITES: INTERNATIONAL LAWMAKING IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM

 

Benjamin N. Cardozo

School of Law

Yeshiva University

 

March 7, 2001

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Globalization and the information revolution have presented great challenges for the American business community. To cope with these challenges, U.S. industries and trade associations have been actively lobbying Congress for legislation protecting their interests. They have also urged the U.S. government to push forward an international trading system that offers protection and increases market access for their products.

 

However, such a corporate-driven system may be detrimental to the American people and the global community, for the system may ignore important issues such as consumer interests, national sovereignty, cultural diversity, and ecological sustainability. It may also create tension within the existing system and breed hostility among the less developed countries, which repeatedly protest their lack of representation in the international lawmaking process.

 

By bringing together policymakers, legal scholars, practitioners, industry people, political scientists, and economists, this symposium seeks to create a dialogue that addresses these difficult issues. It also hopes to provide a better understanding of the role and impact of U.S. industries and trade associations in the lawmaking processes at the national and international levels, as well as in foreign countries.

 

SCHEDULE

 

8:30

Continental Breakfast

 

9:00

Welcoming Remarks

 

Dean Paul R. Verkuil, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

 

9:15

Opening Address

 

Geoffrey Sau Kuk Yu, Assistant Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization

 

9:45

World Trade and the Global Elites

 

Moderator and Speaker:

  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Speakers:

  • Prof. Robert W. McGee, W. Paul Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University

  • Prof. Paul B. Stephan, III, University of Virginia School of Law

  • Prof. Michael P. Ryan, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

12:00

Keynote Luncheon

 

Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University & Visiting Professor, New York University School of Law

 

"Industry: The Nexus Between National and International Intellectual Property Lawmaking"

 

1:30

Private Sectors, Public Interests, and International Intellectual Property Regime

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Barton Beebe, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Speakers:

  • Prof. Rosemary J. Coombe, Faculty of Arts, York University

  • Prof. Assafa Endeshaw, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University

  • Prof. Hugh Hansen, Fordham University School of Law

  • Prof. Doris E. Long, John Marshall Law School & Attorney-Advisor, United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Prof. Samuel K. Murumba, Brooklyn Law School

  • Robert Sherwood, author and consultant

3:45

Coffee Break

 

4:00

U.S. Industries, Trade Associations, and Intellectual Property Lawmaking

 

Moderator:

  • Peter K. Yu, Executive Director, Intellectual Property Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University & Research Associate, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford

Speakers:

  • Jacques Gorlin, President, The Gorlin Group

  • Geralyn Ritter, Esq., Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.

  • Shira Perlmutter, Esq., Vice President & Associate General Counsel for Intellectual PropertyPolicy, AOL Time Warner, Inc. & former Associate Register of Copyright for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Copyright Office

  • Prof. Susan K. Sell, Department of Political Science, The George Washington University

  • Eric H. Smith, Esq., President, International Intellectual Property Alliance

  • Robert Stoll, Esq., Administrator for External Affairs, Office of Legislative and International Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

6:15

Reception

 

SYMPOSIUM ISSUE

 

10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 1-317 (2002)

 

Peter K. Yu, World Trade, Intellectual Property and the Global Elites: International Lawmaking in the New Millennium: An Introduction, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 1 (2002)
 
Jacques J. Gorlin, Geralyn Ritter, Shira Perlmutter, Eric H. Smith & Robert Stoll, U.S. Industries, Trade Associations, and Intellectual Property Lawmaking, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 5 (2002)
 
Robert M. Sherwood, Some Things Cannot Be Legislated, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 37 (2002)
 
Assafa Endeshaw, The Paradox of Intellectual Property Lawmaking in the New Millennium: Universal Templates as Terms of Surrender for Non-Industrial Nations; Piracy as an Offshoot, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 47 (2002)
 
Susan K. Sell, Industry Strategies for Intellectual Property and Trade: The Quest for TRIPS, and Post-TRIPS Strategies, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 79 (2002)
 
Robert W. McGee, Legal Ethics, Business Ethics and International Trade: Some Neglected Issues, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 109 (2002)
 
Doris Estelle Long, "Democratizing" Globalization: Practicing the Policies of Cultural Inclusion, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 217 (2002)
 
Michael P. Ryan, Knowledge-Economy Elites, The International Law of Intellectual Property and Trade, and Economic Development, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 271 (2002)
 
Paul B. Stephan, Institutions and Elites: Property, Contract, the State, and Rights in Information in the Global Economy, 10 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 305 (2002)

 
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