Prof. Peter K. Yu

Professor of Law

Professor of Communication

Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property

Texas A&M University


 

 

conferences

 

Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property, and Indigenous Culture

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND INDIGENOUS CULTURE

 

Benjamin N. Cardozo

School of Law

Yeshiva University

 

February 21-22, 2002

 

DESCRIPTION

 

In recent years, the misappropriation of traditional knowledge, folklore, and genetic resources has become an increasingly important issue in the international trade arena, impacting on a wide variety of policy areas, including food and agriculture, biological diversity and the environment, human rights, cultural policy, scientific research, and trade and economic development. This issue becomes even more important in light of growing dissatisfaction with the international trading system among less developed countries and recent anti-globalization protests in Seattle, Washington, Prague, Quebec, and Genoa. To explore the role of intellectual property rights in protecting traditional knowledge, folklore, genetic resources, and indigenous creations and practices, Cardozo brings together academics, intellectual property lawyers, government officials, and representatives of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.

 

This symposium will address the following questions: How do we define folklore and traditional knowledge? Should weóand can weóprotect traditional knowledge and indigenous creations under the existing intellectual property and cultural property regimes? What are the implications of protecting folklore for art and museums? How can we balance the protection of traditional innovations and genetic resources of indigenous peoples against the need for these materials in genomic research and the development of pharmaceuticals, nutriceuticals, and bio-engineered products? Should we develop a global regulatory regime or should we strive for diverse protection that is consistent with a country's local conditions? How can countries and trading blocs effectively negotiate traditional knowledge in domestic and international fora?

 

SCHEDULE

 

February 21, 2002

 

8:00

Continental Breakfast

 

8:50

Welcoming Remarks

 

Dean David Rudenstine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

 

9:00

The Protection of Folklore

 

Moderator:

  • Toni M. Fine, Director of Graduate and International Programs, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Speakers:

  • Prof. Andrew Kenyon, University of Melbourne Faculty of Law

  • Prof. Paul Kuruk, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

  • Prof. Samuel K. Murumba, Brooklyn Law School

  • Dr. Sankuratripathi Rama Rao, Senior Counselor, World Intellectual Property Organization

  • Justice Ronald Sackville, Federal Court of Australia

  • Prof. Susan Scafidi, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University

  • Dr. Silke von Lewinski, Head, Department of International Law, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law

10:45

Coffee Break

 

11:00

Folklore, Cultural Property, and Museums

 

Moderator:

  • Dean David Rudenstine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Speakers:

  • Prof. Terence N. DíAltroy, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

  • Prof. Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University College of Law

  • Prof. Sarah K. Harding, Chicago-Kent College of Law

  • Dr. Francis P. McManamon, Chief Archaeologist, National Park Service

  • Prof. Robert K. Paterson, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law

Commentator:

  • Prof. Lucille A. Roussin, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

12:45

Lunch Break

 

2:30

Conceptualizing Traditional Knowledge

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Speakers:

  • Dr. Gerard Bodeker, Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health, Green College, University of Oxford

  • Gavin Clarkson, Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Business, Harvard Law School & KPMG Fellow, Harvard Business School

  • Prof. Daniel J. Gervais, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section)

  • Prof. Mark L. Movsesian, Hofstra University School of Law and Visiting Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

  • 'Prof. Mark Perry, Faculties of Law and Computer Science, University of Western Ontario

  • Prof. Jerome H. Reichman, Duke University School of Law

  • Jayashree Watal, Counselor, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization

4:15

Coffee Break

 

4:30

Biotech Patents, Genomic Research, and Indigenous Resources

 

Moderator:

  • Roberto Mucaro Borrero (Taino), Program Coordinator, Education Department, American Museum of Natural History

Speakers:

  • Prof. Keith Aoki, University of Oregon School of Law

  • Prof. Margo A. Bagley, Emory University School of Law

  • Prof. Russel Barsh, New York University School of Law

  • Prof. Michael H. Davis, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

  • Debra Harry, Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism

  • Prof. Paul J. Heald, University of Georgia School of Law

  • Remigus Nnamdi Nwabueze, Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law

  • Prof. Valerie J. Phillips, School of Accounting, Information Systems & Business Law, Washington State University

6:15

Reception

 

February 22, 2002

 

8:00

Continental Breakfast

 

8:50

Welcoming Remarks

 

Richard C. Owens, Executive Director, Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

 

9:00

Globalization, Harmonization, and Indigenization

 

Moderator:

  • Prof.  Peter K. Yu, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University & Research Associate, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford

Speakers:

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

  • Prof. Charles R. McManis, Washington University School of Law

  • Prof. Ruth Gana Okediji, University of Oklahoma College of Law

  • Hon. Weerawit Weeraworawit, Minister (Commercial Affairs), Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

Commentators:

  • Prof. Wendy J. Gordon, Boston University School of Law

  • Prof. Edmund W. Kitch, University of Virginia School of Law

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

11:00

Coffee Break

 

11:15

Negotiation of Traditional Knowledge in Domestic and International Fora

 

Moderator:

  • Richard C. Owens, Executive Director, Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Speakers:

  • Prof. Graeme W. Austin, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

  • Prof. Graeme B. Dinwoodie, Chicago-Kent College of Law

  • Anthony Gonzalez, U.N. Liaison, International Indian Treaty Council

  • Pamela Kraft, Executive Director, Tribal Link Foundation

  • Linda S. Lourie, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Legislative and International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • James Love, Director, Consumer Project on Technology

Commentator:

  • Prof. Shubha Ghosh, University of University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY

  • Prof. Hugh Hansen, Fordham University School of Law

1:00

Conference Adjourned


SYMPOSIUM ISSUE AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 

11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 239Ė830 (2003)

 

Peter K. Yu, Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property, and Indigenous Culture: An Introduction, 11 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 239 (2003)
 

Keith Aoki, Weeds, Seeds & Deeds: Recent Skirmishes in the Seed Wars, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 247 (2003)
 
Graeme W. Austin, Re-Treating Intellectual Property? The WAI 262 Proceeding and the Heuristics of Intellectual Property Law, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 333 (2003)
 
Margo A. Bagley, Patently Unconstitutional: The Geographical Limitation on Prior Art in a Small World, 87 Minn. L. Rev. 679 (2003)
 
Russel Lawrence Barsh, Pharmacogenomics and Indigenous Peoples: Real Issues and Actors, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 365 (2003)
 
Gerard Bodeker, Traditional Medical Knowledge, Intellectual Property Rights & Benefit Sharing, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 785 (2003)
 
Gavin Clarkson, Racial Imagery and Native Americans: A First Look at the Empirical Evidence Behind the Indian Mascot Controversy, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 393 (2003)
 
Terence N. D'altroy, Reinventing Unchanged Andean Traditions, 12 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 83 (2004)
 
Michael H. Davis, Some Realism About Indigenism, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 815 (2003)
 
Patty Gerstenblith, Acquisition and Deacquisition of Museum Collections and the Fiduciary Obligations of Museums to the Public, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 409 (2003)
 
Daniel J. Gervais, Spiritual But Not Intellectual? The Protection of Sacred Intangible Traditional Knowledge, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 467 (2003)
 
Shubha Ghosh, Reflections on the Traditional Knowledge Debate, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 497 (2003)

 

Shubha Ghosh, Globalization, Patents, and Traditional Knowledge, 17 Colum. J. Asian L. 73 (2003)
 
Sarah Harding, Defining Traditional KnowledgeóLessons from Cultural Property, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 511 (2003)
 
Paul J. Heald, The Rhetoric of Biopiracy, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 519 (2003)
 
Charles R. Mcmanis, Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Protection: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 547 (2003)
 
Remigius N. Nwabueze, Ethnopharmacology, Patents and the Politics of Plants' Genetic Resources, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 585 (2003)
 
Robert K. Paterson & Dennis S. Karjala, Looking Beyond Intellectual Property in Resolving Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 633 (2003)
 
Mark Perry, Digital Propertization of the New Artifacts: The Application of Technologies for "Soft" Representations of the Physical and Metaphysical, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 671 (2003)
 
Valerie J. Phillips, Half-Human Creatures, Plants & Indigenous Peoples: Musings on Ramifications of Western Notions of Intellectual Property and the Newman-Rifkin Attempt to Patent a Theoretical Half-Human Creature, 21 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 383 (2005)
 
Lucille A. Roussin, Cultural Heritage and Identity, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 707 (2003)
 
Ronald Sackville, Legal Protection of Indigenous Culture in Australia, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 711 (2003)
 
Silke von Lewinski, The Protection of Folklore, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 747 (2003)
 
Weerawit Weeraworawit, Formulating an International Legal Protection for Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore: Challenges for the Intellectual Property System, 11 Cardozo J. Intíl & Comp. L. 769 (2003)

 
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