Call for Papers for Journal of Public Interest IP


The readers of Spicy IP may be interested to know of a new journal that has recently come into being and seeks to address issues pertaining to the nexus between IP and public interest, something which has always been one of the focus areas of Spicy IP too. The journal, named the Journal of Public Interest IP, is a brainchild of PIIPA (Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc.). PIIPA is an international non-profit organization that provides pro bono IP legal counsel to governments, businesses, indigenous peoples, and public interest organizations in developing countries that seek to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture, and the environment.
The journal intends to serve as a repository of peer-reviewed knowledge from thought leaders around the world. It seeks to address issues and discuss solutions that meet the practical demands of developing countries and public interest organizations with regards to intellectual property law. In that way, it appears to be the first publication of its kind that solely focuses on the complex ways intellectual property law impacts human capabilities and endeavours.
True to its goals, the journal is going to have an open-access policy. It has already published its first issue having the theme ‘IP and Development – Current Trends and Future Scenarios’. At present, it is accepting submissions for its second issue based on the theme ‘Food, Climate Change and Intellectual Property: Defining the Issue’.
For the submission policy of the journal, see here.
For further details about the journal, including policy matters, editorial team composition etc., see here.


Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik is at present employed as a Research Associate and a Teaching Assistant at The W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has obtained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS itself and is also currently pursuing his LL.M. degree from the same university. From his very year at law school, he had been attracted towards the discipline of Intellectual Property and that interest has been kindled further in course of time. The interface between IP and other disciplines such as Economics, Anti-trust Law, Human Rights, World Trade Law and the technological developments relating thereto, has especially caught his attention since then. He’s authored several papers on issues relating to IP and other legal disciplines for journals, books, magazines and conferences in national as well as international levels. He is also currently co-heading an organization called Lexbiosis, which is an endeavor meant to facilitate the collaboration between the legal industry and academia.

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