Fifth Annual IP Teaching Workshop, 2016

Date : March 31, 2016 - April 1, 2016
Nature : IP Teaching Workshop
Location : NLU, Delhi
Contact : ciipc(at) on or before 1st March 2016.

Logo_NLUSpicyIP is happy to announce that the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC), National Law University Delhi, in association with the National Academy of Law Teaching, NLU Delhi, is organising the Fifth Annual IP Teaching Workshop- 2016 on 31st March & 1st April 2016.

In 2012, the first IP teaching workshop identified several broad challenges faced by teachers of intellectual property law in India. In 2013, the second IP teaching workshop focussed on IP teaching techniques, use of information and communications technology in IP teaching, research and publication. The third workshop in 2014 discussed various issues with regard to initiating IP clinics in India.  In 2015, the fourth annual IP Teaching workshop focused on diverse issues involving curriculum development, student participation in IP activities, empirical research in IP, academic contributions to IP policy-making, and IP teaching beyond law schools. All workshops have had key speakers and resource persons from India and abroad.

By bringing together a select gathering of IP teachers and scholars from different corners of India, the 2016 workshop in its fifth edition aims to focus on developing a thematic research agenda on contemporary legal issues involving “IP interfaces”. The general approach to the study and teaching of intellectual property in India tends to look at intellectual property in isolation to other areas of law. However, many scholars and teachers of intellectual property have eschewed such an approach as it limits critical and holistic appreciation of intellectual property law, both in theory and practice. Recent scholarship has focussed on the overlapping nature of issues within intellectual property. However, teachers and scholars of intellectual property do regularly encounter deeper and intricate questions involving the interface of IP with other areas of law, both- domestic and international.

The broader aim of the 2016 workshop is to explore in detail the complex web of legal relationships and contestations between intellectual property law and other areas of law particularly, the law of property, constitutional law, law of contracts, tort law, criminal law, international trade law, international investment law, competition law, technology and regulatory laws. All these areas of law pose important challenges as well as opportunities in the development of IP law and they often have specific legal consequences. Deeper analysis of the interfaces shared by IP with other areas of law may help us in placing decisive legal limits or in advancing potential legal interpretations that may have teleological consequences for various stakeholders implicated by the IP system. Please note that the key areas of law identified above are only indicative, and hence non-exhaustive.

CIIPC invites scholars working in the area of intellectual property to contemplate on the theme of the workshop by framing specific and focused research questions in different areas of IP law that can raise legal implications in their interaction with other areas of law. For better outcomes of the thematic discussions during the workshop, we look forward to research proposals that avoid pure policy questions that may govern such interfaces. The workshop aims to focus on legal argumentation, articulation and outcome by working on specific legal questions on IP interfaces. The aim is to develop a concrete research agenda that can discern such legal relationships in terms of their conflicts, complementarities and contestations.

All scholars interested in participating in this workshop are requested to send a short proposal (max. 1000 words) containing a small description of research questions (which must be explanatory in nature) within the broad theme of the workshop. Applications containing the research proposal along with CV must be sent to ciipc(at) on or before 1st March 2016. Late entries will not be entertained. Selected candidates will be informed by 5th March 2016. Roundtrip airfare (economy) and accommodation at NLU, Delhi will be covered for selected participants. If you have any queries, please drop in an email to ciipc(at)

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