1st Edition

Rethinking Copyright for Sustainable Human Development
Higher Education and Access to Knowledge

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ISBN 9781032102221
November 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the interface between copyright and higher education, and their complementarities for the advancement of sustainable human development. The concept of human development defines the freedoms and human capabilities that are essential for human flourishing.

Adopting a rights-based human development and capability approach, the book primarily examines the relevant policy and legal flexibilities under the existing international copyright system and their implications for access to knowledge for creative innovation and higher education. Exploring the interfaces between copyright and higher education, the book argues that an unbalanced and restrictive copyright system impedes reasonable access to knowledge and stifles creative and learning freedoms or capabilities, resulting in serious ramifications for sustainable human development. In view of its findings, the book underscores the need for rethinking copyright and reframing its relevant flexibilities as users-rights that are vital for promoting creative and learning capabilities towards sustainable human development. Further, the book emphasizes the complementarities between copyright and higher education, and their roles for sustainable human development.

Given its multifaceted explorations of ranges of interlinked topics through the lens of the human development approach, the book will be of a great interest to researchers across the fields of intellectual property law, innovation, global development, human rights, and higher education.

Table of Contents

Chapter I: The Conceptual Framework of the Book

Chapter II: Theoretical Frameworks for Copyright, Education and Human Development

Chapter III: The Development Context for International Copyright and Human Rights Systems

Chapter IV: International Copyright Flexibilities for Higher Education and Creative Innovation

Chapter V: Copyright and Higher Education for Human Development: The HDCA for Rethinking of Flexibilities

Chapter VI: Re-integrating Licensing Regimes into the Framework of Flexibilities

Chapter VII: Concluding Remarks

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Dr. Sileshi Bedasie Hirko is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholar and a Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with University of Ottawa and Open African Innovation Research Organization (Open AIR). From 2015-2020, he was a PhD Fellow at Open AIR and a Doctoral Student Scholar at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Prior to 2015, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Haramaya University in Ethiopia. In addition to the PhD in Law he holds from University of Ottawa in Canada, the author has earned his LL.B from Haramaya University in Ethiopia and LL.M from Munich Intellectual Property Law Center in Germany. Having specialized in laws with a special focus on international IP, Competition Law and human development, among others, Dr. Sileshi has made several publications in the fields. His major areas of research interests include international IP, innovation, competition law, human development, human rights and civil laws.