Application-Only Training and Strategy Sessions: September 24-26
Public Conference: September 27-29

The O’Neill Institute for National & Global health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the fifth convening of the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. The Congress will take place the week of September 24, 2018. The Global Congress is the main convening of a global network of over 800 researchers, activists, and practitioners who work on the intersection of intellectual property and promotion of the public interest. The Congress is co-hosted by The American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) with the core goal to promote evidence-based policy-making by fostering partnerships between academics and policy advocates from around the world.

Access to Medicines Track

The O’Neill Institute is chairing the Access to Medicines Track which will focus on:

  • Drug pricing mechanisms.
  • Innovation and pooling the costs of R&D.
  • Foster the use and implementation of legal flexibilities to ensure access to affordable medicines.
  • Trade agreements and barriers to access.
  • Big picture thinking about alternatives to the current intellectual property-based regime for driving drug discovery and access.


The Congress is now accepting applications to present or host sessions, to sponsor, or to request an early invitation for the purposes of securing a travel visa. Applications are due May 25, 2018.

An application to attend the Congress, including the Pre-Congress Training and Strategy Sessions, will be released May 25, 2018.


The Global Congress will span six days, beginning with capacity-building workshops and trainings for a selected group of international policy advocates (indicated below with *), building to a large public international conference with plenary sessions webcast to the world.

Pre-Congress – Circulation of Polis questionnaire*

Mon, September 24 – Training: Introduction to IP & Trades*

Tues, September 25 – Advocacy & Engagement*; Networking Reception @ Capitol Hill

Wed, September 26 – Training and Workshops*; Networking Reception @ K Street

Thurs, September 27 – Congress Day One: Keynote Forum & Networking Reception

Fri, September 28 – Congress Day Two: Scholarly Proposals Series; IP Development Symposium; Networking Reception

Sat, September 29 – Congress Day Three: Workshops & Panels (some require application); General Assembly Party

For more information on the means and ends of the Congress, see our pages on Background and Organization and Planning Partners.


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