Featured Speakers

Film Screening: “Fire in the Blood”

Luis Gil Abinader,  Research Associate , Knowledge Ecology International

Luis Gil Abinader, Research Associate, Knowledge Ecology International

Luis Gil Abinader is our guest speaker for the pre-symposium film screening, and he will lead a Q&A session after the movie. He is a Ph.D. candidate in International Law at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and a Research Associate at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). His main areas of research are intellectual property and trade. Prior to joining KEI, Luis worked as an Access Intern with Doctors Without Borders (MSF-USA), a Global Policy Extern with Public Knowledge, and a Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Centre of Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation (CIECTI) in Argentina. He has also taught technology law to undergraduate computer science students at the Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento (UNGS) and public policy to intellectual property master students at the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and Master’s degree in Intellectual Property from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO), in Argentina.


Workshop 1: Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in the Global South

Margo A. Bagley,  Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law , Emory University School of Law

Margo A. Bagley, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

Margo A. Bagley is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. She is a member of the Georgia bar and is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. She is a faculty lecturer with the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and also has taught international patent law and related courses in China, Cuba, Israel, and Singapore. Her courses include US and International & Comparative Patent Law, Trademark Law, and Intellectual Property.

Bagley served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue.  She is also an expert technical advisor to the Government of Mozambique in several World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) matters and is the Lead Facilitator and Friend of the Chair in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore. In addition, she is a member of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources for the CBD and Nagoya Protocol. Her scholarship focuses on comparative issues relating to patents and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and access to medicines, and technology transfer.


Ruth L. Okediji,  Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law , Harvard Law School

Ruth L. Okediji, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith. Jr, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. A renowned scholar in international intellectual property (IP) law and a foremost authority on the role of intellectual property in social and economic development, Professor 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 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 WTO'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.

Professor Okediji was a member of the United States National Academies' Board on Science, Technology and Policy Committee on the Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era. She served as the Chief Technical Expert and Lead Negotiator for the Delegation of Nigeria to the 2013 WIPO Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (Marrakesh VIP Treaty). Okediji was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the 2015 – 2016 High Level Panel on Access to Medicines.


Workshop 2: The Reality of Rights in the Developing World

Dr. Paul Harpur,  Senior Lecturer , TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland

Dr. Paul Harpur, Senior Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland

Dr. Paul Harpur is a leading international and comparative disability rights legal academic. He has legal practice and teaching expertise in teaching anti-discrimination laws, human rights, labour laws and work health and safety laws. His focus on disability inclusion forms part of a group of world leading scholars across The University of Queensland who, individually and collectively, advance ability equality and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities. Dr Harpur has a mixture of practice and research experience, having formerly practiced as a lawyer and continuing to work as an industrial relations special advisor in a national private practice, IRIQ Law, as a special advisor.

Dr. Harpur has led a range of projects, including an International Labour Organization project assessing labour rights in the South Pacific, including a particular focus on the rights of persons with disabilities. His work on the Marrakesh Treaty and the relevance of international disability human rights law to the developing world came together in the 2017 monograph, Discrimination, Copyright, and Equality: Opening the E-Book for the Print Disabled, which analyses the interaction between anti-discrimination and copyright laws, in the international human rights and copyright jurisdictions, as well as in the national jurisdictions in Australia, Canada, the UK and USA. This work builds on international and domestic notions of digital equality and rights to access information. The core thesis of this monograph is that technology now creates the possibility that everyone in the world, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, should be able to access the written word.

Outside the law, Dr. Harpur has previously been a professional athlete, competing in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Paralympics, the 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and a range of other World Titles and international competitions.


Peter Maybarduk,  Director , Global Access to Medicines Program

Peter Maybarduk, Director, Global Access to Medicines Program

Peter Maybarduk is the Director of Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program. He helps partners around the world overcome high-price pharmaceutical monopolies and secure the benefits of science, technology and culture for all. He is an intellectual property expert and is available to discuss drug pricing, trade and technology policy. His work has yielded HIV/AIDS medicine price reductions, new state access to medicines policies and global shifts toward anti-counterfeiting policies that safeguard generic competition. Maybarduk has provided technical assistance to international organizations and to public agencies and civil society groups in more than three dozen countries. Other prior work includes cultural ethnography in South America’s Orinoco river delta and organizing campaigns for voting rights and living wages. He is the co-founder of International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone, dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world’s least developed countries


Lucie White,  Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law , Harvard Law School

Lucie White, Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Lucie White is the Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Executive Committee member of the Harvard Center for African Studies. After working for two decades on critical lawyering and client voice in the context of US poverty, she turned to the issue of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, for a decade she has worked with Ghanaian partners on an interdisciplinary Right to Health project that challenges the ways that Ghana’s health finance system contributes to economic and social inequality. She has been a Fulbright Senior Africa Scholar, a Carnegie Scholar on Teaching and Learning, a scholar in residence at the Harvard Divinity School, and a Bunting Scholar at Radcliffe College. In 2006, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, she initiated “Stones of Hope,” a collaboration among African human rights activists and distinguished human rights scholars to examine African innovations in Economic and Social Rights advocacy. This project culminated in a recent book, L. White and J. Perelman eds., Stones of Hope: African Lawyers Use Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty (Stanford University Press, 2010).


Workshop 3: Lessons From Activism & Academia: Tech, Health & Political Economy

Amy Kapczynski,  Professor of Law , Yale Law School

Amy Kapczynski, Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Faculty Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership, and Faculty Co-Director of the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency. Her areas of research include information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health. Kapczynski has played a seminal role in the coalescing movement of “law and political economy” (LPE). At Yale, she teaches a seminar by the same name, and publishes frequently on the LPE blog. She is also one of the co-founders of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a student-led organization advocating for the integrity of universities’ public-service mandates through the prioritization of global public health benefits in academic medical research. UAEM first formed in 2001 when a group of Yale University students together with Médecins Sans Frontières, helped convince Yale and the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb to permit generic production of a critical Yale-discovered HIV/AIDS drug in sub-Saharan Africa, triggering dramatic 30-fold price reductions. In addition to grounding the academic work of the LPE movement, Kapczynski continues to engage in activism on issues such as health and financial democracy.


Yochai Benkler,  Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies , Harvard Law School

Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Since the 1990s he has played a role in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom (Yale University Press 2006), which won academic awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award for social and ethical relevance in communications. In 2012 he received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford University in recognition of his contribution to the study and public understanding of the Internet and information goods. His work is socially engaged, winning him the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for 2007, and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2006. It is also anchored in the realities of markets, cited as “perhaps the best work yet about the fast moving, enthusiast-driven Internet” by the Financial Times and named best business book about the future in 2006 by Strategy and Business. Benkler has advised governments and international organizations on innovation policy and telecommunications, and serves on the boards or advisory boards of several nonprofits engaged in working towards an open society. 


Workshop 4: Addressing Global Inequality: What Can Law Do?

Katharina Pistor,  Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law , Columbia Law School

Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law, Columbia Law School

Katharina Pistor is the Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and director of the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation (CGLT). This semester, she is the Nomura Visting Professor of International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School. Her research spans corporate law, corporate governance, money and finance, property rights, and the co-evolution of legal and economic systems. As director of the CGLT, she has conducted collaborative research projects and organized workshops with academics from around the world on issues such as the legal structure of global finance, the emergence of global property rights regimes, and the challenges of digitization under conditions of fundamental uncertainty.

She has published widely in legal inter-disciplinary journals; recent publications include “A Legal Theory of Finance” in the Journal of Comparative Economics (2013), and “From Territorial to Monetary Sovereignty” in the Journal on Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2017). She has published several books as author, co-author, and co-editor, including “Law and Capitalism” (with Curtis Milhaupt), Chicago University Press (2008); “Governing Access to Essential Resources” (with Olivier de Schutter), Columbia University Press (2015); her most recent single-authored book “The Code of Capital” is forthcoming at Princeton University Press. She has been president of the World Interdisciplinary Network of Institutional Research since the organization’s inception in 2013 and has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Transition Economics, the Journal of Institutional Economics, and the European Business Organizational Law Review.


Samuel Moyn,  Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence , Yale Law School

Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially twentieth-century European moral and political theory.

He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010), and edited or coedited a number of others. His most recent books are Christian Human Rights (2015, based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014) and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018). He is currently working on a new book on the origins and significance of humane war for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Over the years he has written in venues such as Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent, The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.


David Kennedy,  Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law , Harvard Law School

David Kennedy, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

David Kennedy is Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, where he teaches international law, international economic policy, legal theory, law and development and European law. He is the author of numerous articles on international law and global governance. His research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology and social theory, economics and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy and the nature of professional expertise. He has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the third world and among women in international affairs.

As a practicing lawyer and consultant, Professor Kennedy has worked on numerous international projects, both commercial and public, including work with PricewaterhouseCoopers with their emerging markets and anti-corruption practice, with the United Nations, the Commission of the European Union, the Qatar Foundation and with the private firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in Brussels, where his work combined European antitrust litigation, government relations advising and general corporate law. A member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, he is past Chair and Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Global Governance. In 2011, he was appointed Foreign Advisor to Thailand’s Truth for Reconciliation Commission and now serves as a member of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Commission.


Workshop 5: Money, Finance, & Sustainable Development: The Green New Deal

Robert Hockett,  Edward Cornell Professor of Law , Cornell Law School

Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Robert Hockett joined the Cornell Law Faculty in 2004. His principal teaching, research, and writing interests lie in the fields of organizational, financial, and monetary law and economics in both their positive and normative, as well as their national and transnational, dimensions. His guiding concern in these fields is with the legal and institutional prerequisites to a just, prosperous, and sustainable economic order. 

A Fellow of the Century Foundation and regular commissioned author for the New America Foundation, Hockett also does regular consulting work for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Monetary Fund, Americans for Financial Reform, the 'Occupy' Cooperative, and a number of federal and state legislators and local governments. As of 2019, he is an advisor to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal. Much of his recent work has been on the links between economic inequality, private debt, and financial and political fragility.


Christine Desan,  Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law , Harvard Law Schol

Christine Desan, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, Harvard Law Schol

Christine Desan teaches about the international monetary system, the constitutional law of money, constitutional history, political economy, and legal theory.  She is the co-founder of Harvard’s Program on the Study of Capitalism, an interdisciplinary project that brings together classes, resources, research funds, and advising aimed at exploring that topic. Desan’s research explores money as a legal and political project, one that configures the market it sets out to measure.  Her approach aims to open economic orthodoxy to question, particularly insofar as it assumes money as a neutral instrument and markets as autonomous phenomena. 

She has recently published a book called Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism (2014). She is also the editor of Inside Money:  Re-Theorizing Liquidity (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press), and co-editor with Sven Beckert of Capitalism in America: New Histories (2018). Her articles include "The Constitutional Approach to Money:  Monetary Design and the Production of the Modern World," in Money Talks:  Essays in Honor of Viviana Zelizer, Bandelj and Wherry, eds.,  (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017) and “Strange New Music:  The Monetary Composition Made by the Enlightenment Quartet,” forthcoming in Money in the Age of Enlightenment (Bloomsbury Press, 2019).

Desan is on the Board of the Institute for Global Law and Policy, is a faculty member of the Program on American Studies at Harvard University, and has served on the editorial board for the Law and History Review and as an advisory editor of Eighteenth Century Studies.  In Brookline, MA, Desan served for 10 years on a town committee that researched and drafted legislation promoting campaign finance reform, and that supervised that reform once it was enacted.


Workshop 6: What is Law & (International) Political Economy?

David Singh Grewal,  Professor of Law , Yale Law School

David Singh Grewal, Professor of Law, Yale Law School

David Singh Grewal is Professor of Law at Yale Law School and holds a secondary appointment in the Yale Political Science Department. His teaching and research interests include legal and political theory; intellectual history, particularly the history of economic thought; global economic governance and international trade law; intellectual property law and biotechnology; and law and economics. His first book, Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization, was published by Yale University Press in 2008. His second book, The Invention of the Economy, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. He has published on legal topics in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and several other law reviews, and on a variety of questions in political theory and intellectual history in several peer-reviewed journals. His public writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Since 2017, he has been on the Executive Committee of the Yale University Humanities Program. He is a Faculty Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and a member of the Board of Directors of the BioBricks Foundation.