Conference To Examine Connections Between Access to Knowledge and Human Rights

An international group of scholars and public interest advocates will discuss the intersections between global knowledge policy and human rights during a three-day Access to Knowledge Conference hosted by the Law School’s Information Society Project (ISP).

The event is taking place Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 11-13, at the Law School.

“Opening up access to knowledge is a demand of global justice: it is both a human rights issue and a crucial factor in spurring economic development and technological innovation,” says Law School Professor Jack Balkin, founder and director of the ISP.

This year’s conference will be the first to focus on the human rights dimension of access to knowledge. Participants will explore the implications of intellectual property, telecommunications and technology policy for freedom of expression, access to education and health care, and other rights recognized in international law.

“Issues of access to knowledge have a great impact upon the enjoyment of many human rights,” says Lea Shaver ‘06, ISP’s Access to Knowledge program director. “Thinking more deliberately about these connections can open up new avenues for public interest advocacy and policy reform.”

The ISP is collaborating on the conference with a team of organizing partners representing academia and civil society. Partners include both organizations long involved with access to knowledge issues, as well as those active in the sphere of human rights advocacy.

The conference, in its fourth year, is open to the public. Advance registration is required and should be completed online. Registration fees are waived for Yale faculty and students. For further information about the conference, including the schedule, list of speakers and online registration, visit

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