On June 23-26, over 180 delegates from 41 countries gathered in Oxford at Pembroke College for the 32nd Annual Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). ATRIP, the leading international association of intellectual property scholars, was meeting in the United Kingdom for only the second time. The theme of the Congress was 'Is Intellectual Property a Lex Specialis?', which allowed exploration of the supposedly exceptional nature of intellectual property law. Panels considered the extent to which intellectual property laws displace or conflict with generally applicable legal rules, canvassing the interaction between intellectual property law and property law, contract law, procedural law, consumer law, administrative and constitutional law, conflicts of law, international law, and competition law. In addition to vigorous debate during the formal sessions and informal breakfast roundtables, delegates enjoyed a reception at the Pitt Rivers Museum and a Formal Dinner in Pembroke College Hall. The highlight of the Formal Dinner was an address by Lord Justice Mummery on the nature of change in intellectual property law. The Congress was hosted by the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre. At the conclusion of the Congress, the Presidency of the Association passed from Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, whose two-year term was completed, to Professor Tana Pistorius of the University of South Africa.
Photos of the conference are available on the OIPRC Flickr website