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PUBLIC TALK: Information Environmentalism: a Governance Framework for Intellectual Property Rights

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Information Environmentalism: a Governance Framework for Intellectual Property Rights : Public talk with Robert Cunningham, Assistant Professor Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia Other events...
Information environmentalism is a normative discourse that seeks to protect and nurture the information commons. The information commons is important within the information age because it provides critical raw material for creativity and innovation. An outstanding challenge when protecting and nurturing the information commons is defining its parameters. Something cannot be protected until it is clearly delineated. Yet delineation alone is not enough. For this reason, the book seeks to build an information environmental governance framework. This framework can be relied upon when seeking to protect and nurture the information environment (generally) and the information commons (specifically). The framework is built upon four discrete theoretical foundations of environmentalism: (i) welfare economics; (ii) the commons; (iii) ecology; and (iv) public choice theory. In building an information environmental governance framework, the costs of propertising information and the benefits of the information commons are underscored. Several innovative governance tools are also advanced, including an information environmental discipline (information ecology), an information environmental ethic, Information Commons Rights, informational national parks and the separation of (economic) power doctrine.

Throughout his professional career, Robert has engaged with the law in his capacity as both legal practitioner and academic. As a legal practitioner his efforts have largely concentrated on the provision of legal information, court advocacy and education within the Community Legal Centre sector. In academia his pursuits have primarily focused on the manner in which the law interfaces with sustainability, corporate accountability, international trade, and intellectual property rights. He is currently engaging in a book concerning the intersection between theories of environmentalism and intellectual property rights to be published by Edward Elgar later this year. Along with a PhD from the Australian National University, Robert holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws (Hons), and a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney. He presently lectures in Intellectual Property: Creative Rights, and is Unit Coordinator of Corporations Law, International Trade Law and Corporate Finance & Securities Regulation within the UWA Faculty of Law.
Speaker(s) Robert Cunningham, Assistant Professor Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia
Location SymbioticA Room 228 Level 2, School of Anatomy Physiology and Human Biology
Contact Chris Cobilis <[email protected]> : 6488 5583
URL https://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/activities/seminars
Start Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:00
End Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:30
Submitted by Chris Cobilis <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:39
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