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Harvard Law School Professor Ruth Okediji Presents at 41st Foulston Siefkin Lecture

Washburn University School of Law is pleased to announce that its 41st signature Foulston Siefkin scholarly lecture will be delivered this year by Ruth Okediji, Harvard Law School's Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law.

04/10/18 02:04 pm CDT
"The Right to Own?: Protecting Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property"

     Washburn University School of Law is pleased to announce that its 41st signature Foulston Siefkin scholarly lecture will be delivered this year by Ruth Okediji, Harvard Law School's Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law.

     "The Right to Own?: Protecting Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property" will be held on Thursday, April 12, from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Room 102 of the Law School. In the presentation, Okediji, a renowned scholar in international intellectual property (IP) law and a foremost authority on the role of IP in social and economic development, will explore recent developments in international law to grant entitlement rights to indigenous groups and implications for the intellectual property system.

     Okediji has advised inter-governmental organizations, regional economic communities, and national governments on a range of matters related to technology, innovation policy, and development. Her widely cited scholarship on IP and development has influenced government policies in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America. Her ideas have helped shape national strategies for the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). She works closely with several United Nations agencies, research centers, and international organizations on the human development effects of international IP policy, including access to knowledge, access to essential medicines, and issues related to indigenous innovation systems.

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