Call for Applications/Volunteers: NLU Delhi’s Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest [Dec 15-17]: Submit by Nov 30


Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in association with National Law University Delhi, the American Assembly, Open A.I.R. and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (American University Washington College of Law) is organizing the fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (“Global Congress”).


The Global Congress will be hosted at National Law University, Delhi.


December 15th-17th, 2015.


The theme for the 2015 Congress is “Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS”.

The theme juxtaposes the beginnings of an aspect of a culture of Openness with that of the establishment of minimum standards of intellectual property protection and the carving of limitations and exceptions within these standards.

It brings research, civil society, industry and regulatory and policy-making communities together for active, intense engagement on key public-interest intellectual property issues.


The aim of the event is to support the formation of strong networks and dissemination of research, with an aim of empowering them to respond to law reform and enforcement proposals that threaten access and innovation, and put forth a positive agenda for policy reform.

Since its inception in 2011, this will the first time that the Global Congress is being held in Asia.

Opening Day – Registration details

The opening day of the Global Congress (December 15th, 2015) will comprise plenary sessions featuring talks and panel discussions involving keynote speakers.

Among the keynote speakers are Shamnad Basheer, Upendra Baxi, Suman Sahai, Michael Geist, Susan Sell, Justice Ravindra Bhat, Venkatesh Hariharan.

Themes for the plenary sessions include the overall theme of the Global Congress, challenges faced by the access to knowledge movement, perspectives from developing countries, and IP concerns in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The first day of the Congress is open for to the general public, while day 2 and 3 will be closed to selected participants only (registrations are now closed). Members of the general public may attend the opening day (December 15th) upon paying a registration fee of Rs. 1000/- on the spot.

For students, the registration fee is Rs. 200/-.

Call For Volunteers

We are inviting applications for volunteers who will be assisting the organizers at the conference.

The various organisational tasks include liaising with the keynote speakers, live tweeting, handling registrations and so on.

Volunteering for the Global Congress is a great opportunity to learn and interact with the big folks of Intellectual Property.

Volunteers also get to attend the second and third days of the Global Congress, which are otherwise not open.

Volunteers are also entitled to a waiver of the registration fee.

Application Procedure for Volunteers

Students interested in volunteering are requested to send in a Statement of Purpose (150 words) mentioning their reasons for applying. Applications are to be sent to with the subject line “Student Volunteer for GCIP” on or before November 30th, 2015.

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