Elon Law professor David Levine discussed his recent article, Transparency Soup: ACTA and the Failure of Black Box Lawmaking, at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in Washington, DC, January 7.
Selected from a call for papers, Levine’s article examines the negotiation process in the development of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), describing detrimental impacts from limited public input and transparency in the process. The article was published in the American University International Law Review, Volume 26, Number 3.
Levine presented on the Intellectual Property Section panel at the AALS meeting. The panel focused on the place of intellectual property in U.S. trade policy, the changing landscape of international negotiations, the impact of international trade agreements and intellectual property protection on global health, and the relevance of political boundaries in defining and enforcing intellectual property rights.
Speakers presenting in addition to Levine included: Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, New York University School of Law; Sean Flynn, American University, Washington College of Law; Keith E. Maskus, University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Economics; Mark Wu, Harvard Law School; and, serving as moderator, Cynthia M. Ho, Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law.