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BILETA 2018 Follow up

Albert Einstein once stated that 'imagination is more important than knowledge'. I would agree with this, but with the addendum that structured imagination is more relevant than an 'abandoned display' of imagination. Studies which are arranged in a definite pattern might contain the premise(s) from which a conclusion may logically…

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"Saving the world and delivering equality? Law, Innovation and Power" Inaugural Lecture of Professor Abbe E. L. Brown, 9 March 2018.

 [Revised extraction from delivery] See podcast here.

I am very honoured to be here today. I am also deeply touched that so many of you have come here on a Friday night, have made the journey north, or are listening to the live stream.

My academic career stems from a…

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Exploring and combining the Human Rights Act 1998, intellectual property and EU competition law - while we still can

The prospect of the UK leaving the EU has, as already explored elsewhere on this blog, significant legal implications. So too would the possible repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998, perhaps to be replaced by a Bill of Rights.  One implication relates to proposals I put forward in my…

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A positive approach to Investor-State Dispute Settlement? IP and Climate Change

Introduction

Intellectual Property (“IP”) and climate change laws operate in different legal spaces.

For the former, the World Trade Organization’s TRIPS agreement imposes obligations on states to have IP laws. States pass IP laws which confer private rights, which are enforceable in national court.

For the latter, the UN’s Framework…

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"Decision making across the information, technology and sustainability landscape: towards breadth and coherence": Project report

The context

My research focuses on the laws relevant to innovation and creativity (particularly intellectual property and information control) and their impact on societal challenges such as health, communications and climate change. Other laws and policy activities tend to exist in respect of these challenges: for example, regarding climate change,…

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