The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
The First Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest was held in August 25th-28th, 2011, at the American University in Washington, DC.
The Second Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, held between December 15th-18th, 2012, brought 250 researchers and activists from 40 countries to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Third Global Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa, December 9th-13th, 2013. This event brought over 250 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers discussed new work and policy developments around users' rights and development-centered IP policy.
The Fourth Congress, held between between December 15th-17th, 2015, was hosted by the Center for Internet and Society in Delhi, India, with the goal of taking stock of "Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS," attracting over 400 researchers, activists, and practitioners.
The American Assembly surveyed members of the Global Congress community to learn more about current projects and priorities in global research and advocacy on intellectual property and access to knowledge.
The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest convened over 180 experts from 32 countries and 6 continents to help re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy. The Washington Declaration is the result of that large-scale conversation.