Professor Shaver to Present on the Right to Science at Conference in Geneva


Lea ShaverProfessor Lea Shaver will travel to Geneva October 3 and 4 for the “Seminar on the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and its Applications.”

The event is a gathering of experts to advise the United Nations Human Rights Council on the meaning of the “right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications,” which Professor Shaver says she prefers to call “the right to science.” Attendees will be other experts in this area, and the UN Special Rapporteur. The report on the event will go back to the UN Human Rights Council for consideration.

“Whereas domestically our constitutional rights are interpreted by the courts in the context of specific cases, internationally there is a process of discussion and norm development, of which this is a small part,” Professor Shaver said of the seminar. “The goal of the event is to promote awareness and understanding of the right to science and resolve some key questions about what it means and what governments should be doing to respect it.”

Professor Shaver is an Associate Professor of Law and a Dean’s Fellow. She taught at Yale Law School and Hofstra Law School before joining the IU McKinney faculty in 2012. She teaches intellectual property, copyright, and patent law.

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