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Copyright and International Law – Emerging issues

12 September 2016 @ 17:30 - 20:00

$70 – $95


“Like the planets that orbit the sun, and the moons that revolve around a planet, the various copyright and neighbouring rights treaties are interrelated and interdependent, and primordially influenced by the Berne Convention”. [1]


While copyright can sometimes appear to be more like astrology than astronomy, in an era defined by a supranational internet, how relevant is the international law dimension?

  • Private international law – What are the principles informing the operative law between international counterparties? A brief consideration of the unanswered challenges of locus and forum.
  • Globalisation – In the world of the ‘global internet’ do principles of territoriality and national treatment remain important? What are the alternatives?
  • Trade-linked development – With Brexit and increasing parochialism in the United States, Europe and Australia, what does this hold for copyright in current and future trade deals? What role do international arbitral bodies play as between states in enforcing obligations?

The Copyright Society of Australia is pleased to invite you to an evening of conversation on these important issues on Monday, September 12th at MinterEllison Sydney.


Join John Fairbairn, partner of MinterEllison’s intellectual property team, as he hosts a panel discussion with international law experts:

  • Mark Jennings, international law consultant and Special Adviser to the International Trade Group at MinterEllison
  • Caroline Morgan, General Manager at Copyright Agency and incoming CEO of the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organisations
  • Kimberlee Weatherall, Associate Professor at the Sydney Law School and member of the Law Council of Australia IP Committee


Registration and Drinks from 5.30pm. Canapes will follow the presentation.


Mark Jennings
Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings is an international law consultant and a Special Advisor to the International Trade Group at MinterEllison. Before joining MinterEllison, Mark was Senior Counsel at the Office of International Law in the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD). During his time at AGD, Mark acted as an international litigator for Australia in a series of disputes in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and provided advice on international intellectual property law, including the WTO TRIPS Agreement. He coordinated the submission by the Australian Government of amicus curiae briefs to federal courts, including the Supreme Court, in the United States.

Most recently, Mark led the AGD task-force coordinating the defence of Australia’s introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in the arbitration commenced by Philip Morris Asia under Australia’s bilateral investment agreement with Hong Kong. This was the first investor-State arbitration commenced against Australia. Mark also worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the defence of tobacco plain packaging in disputes brought in the WTO by Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia and Ukraine.


Caroline Morgan
Caroline Morgan

Caroline Morgan is the General Manager of Copyright Agency responsible for managing Copyright Agency’s revenue, including Statutory Licensing, Visual Arts, and International Relations. Caroline is a well-known local and international speaker on all areas related to copyright, and is involved with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFFRO), acting as chair of its Asia Pacific Committee, and Legal Issues Committee. Caroline is the immediate past President of the Copyright Society of Australia.

In November, Caroline will take up the position of CEO of IFFRO, based in Brussels.


Kimberlee Weatherall
Kimberlee Weatherall

Kimberlee Weatherall is an Associate Professor at the Sydney Law School, teaching and researching across intellectual property law and its relationship with trade law. She has published in a range of Australian and international journals, spoken across Asia, Europe and the US on copyright and IP issues, and regularly gives expert evidence to Australian Parliamentary and law reform committees. She has been a member of the Law Council of Australia IP Committee since 2006 and was member of the Commonwealth Government’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property 2013-2015 and part of the advisory group associated with the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy. One of her current research projects relates to the evolution of IP enforcement provisions in international treaties.


CPD (NSW): If this function is relevant to your immediate or long-term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of law, you may claim one “unit” for each hour of attendance, breaks not included.

[1] Treppoz & Ginsburg – International Copyright Law: US and EU Perspectives (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2015) p 1.


12 September 2016
17:30 - 20:00
$70 – $95
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