Geographical Indications in New Contexts: The Promise, Perils and Politics of Protecting Place-Based Products


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 202, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA
Free for the general public; 30$ for CLE certification

McGill's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy presents Professor Rosemary Coombe of York University, on "Geographical Indications in New Contexts: The Promise, Perils and Politics of Protecting Place-Based Products".

Abstract: "Geographical indications (GIs) are increasingly promoted as a means to protect the livelihoods of rural farmers and serve local and indigenous needs. States, international institutions, NGOs and development agencies advocate the use of GI protections to promote a form of development that will ensure community security and environmental sustainability while safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. We situate the development of GIs historically and explore the political and economic conditions in which a renewed interest in the use of GIs for rural development and indigenous community aspirations has recently emerged. Focusing on numerous examples, we examine the promise and the perils of using GIs to achieve development objectives and urge consideration of a rights-based framework for their implementation.”

This event is free for the public, but lawyers seeking Bar accreditation (1.5 hours) must bring a $30 cheque made out to McGill University Faculty of Law.

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