UCL Faculty of Laws


Online | 2020 Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture

10 November 2020, 6:00 pm–7:10 pm

Professor Daniel J Gervais, Vanderbilt Law School

To be delivered by Professor Daniel J. Gervais, Vanderbilt Law School

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The 2020 Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture

was delivered by

Professor Daniel J. Gervais, Vanderbilt Law School


Machina Sapiens:
The Conflation of Natural and Artificial Creativity and Inventiveness

Chaired by Professor Sir Robin Jacob (UCL IBIL)


Professor Gervais has expanded the content of this lecture into three distinct articles:
We post here the first of these, The Human Cause, here.  The second and third lectures will be posted when they are available and permission from their publishers is given.

About the speaker:

Daniel Gervais is the Director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual property Programme, and is the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law at Vanderbilt Law School.

Daniel focuses on international intellectual property law and the law of Artificial Intelligence. He spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues as a as legal officer at the World Trade Organization (WTO), as head of the Copyright Projects section of the WIPO, and Deputy Secretary General of International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), and Vice-Chair of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO). He is the author of The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, a leading guide to the text that governs international intellectual property rights. Before joining Vanderbilt Law School in 2008, Professor Gervais served as acting dean and vice-dean for research of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa. Before entering the academy, he practiced law as a partner with the technology law firm BCF in Montreal. He was also a consultant with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has been a visiting professor at numerous international universities and a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. In 2012, he was the Gide Loyrette Nouel Visiting Chair at Sciences Po Law School in Paris. For 10 years, he was editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property. In 2012, he was the first North American law professor admitted to the Academy of Europe. In 2017 he became Chairman of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). He is a member of the American Law Institute.