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Drake Law Professor Discusses International Issues At Yale And Cambridge Symposia

Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law and founding director of Drake Intellectual Property Law Center, is participating in an online symposium organized by the Yale International Law Journal and Opinio Juris, an international law blog.

The symposium focuses on the lead article of the journal's most recent issue, "Protecting Rights Online." The article was written by Molly Beutz Land, an international law professor at New York Law School.

Professor Yu offers his commentary on the article, focusing on issues at the intersection of human rights and global information governance. His commentary is followed by a response from Professor Land along with comments from other bloggers. Yu's comments are available online at
On Thursday, April 16, Yu will present his forthcoming article on "The TRIPS Enforcement Challenge" at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law. The paper will be presented in a panel during the Seventeenth Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference, organized jointly by Cambridge and the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute.

The panel is titled "United States v. China in the WTO." Joining Yu on the panel are Stanford McCoy, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation, and other leading academics in international intellectual property law.

While at Cambridge, he will also participate in a roundtable on copyright history organized by the Centre for Intellectual Property & Information Law at the University of Cambridge and the T.C. Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland in Australia. The roundtable will be held at Emmanuel College on Tuesday, April 14.

Professor Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law. Earlier this year, Professor Yu has spoken at events organized by Stanford, Oxford, Vanderbilt, Iowa, Emory, and the London School of Economics and Politics.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yu is a Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China and has been a visiting professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law and the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law.

A prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher, he is the author or editor of three books and more than 50 law review articles and book chapters. He has spoken at events organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Under his leadership, the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center considers international engagement and development one of its central missions. The center serves as an international research hub, fostering partnerships with leading research institutions from around the world. It also holds an annual summer institute that brings together leading biotechnology experts from around the world to explore issues at the intersection of intellectual property, biotechnology and agricultural sciences.

Before joining Drake University, Yu founded the nationally-renowned Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University, at which he held faculty appointments in law, communication arts and sciences, and Asian studies.
Date Posted: 4/14/2009
Last Modified: 4/14/2009 8:31:00 AM by Brian Fodrey