Past Program

Aug 02 - Aug 09, 2000

Transnational Perspectives on Intellectual Property and Communication Law


The rapid development of the Internet and other advanced communication links has engendered legal problems of unprecedented worldwide dimensions. This session will examine efforts to fashion a suitable framework to govern transnational electronic transactions, with particular focus on implications for commercial activity, national security, and personal freedom.

Discussions will focus on free expression; consumer rights and fair competition in e-commerce and website advertising; national and business security (including cryptology regulation); and personal privacy. The session will also consider attempts to harmonize patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret laws; proposed regulations and laws regarding criminal activities through the Internet and other electronic devices; the impact of the new communication technologies on national jurisdictional limitations and criminal jurisprudence; and educational systems of transnational and interactive instruction.