Call For Papers: Intellectual Property and Indigenous Peoples

By Tamera H. Bennett From Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, my alma mater:

My name is Zach Burt and I am currently a second-year student at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Recently, I was elected to serve as the Symposium Editor of the Texas Wesleyan Law Review for the upcoming academic year of 2008-2009. I am writing this email because I want to inform you of an exciting symposium that the Wesleyan Law Review will be hosting this Fall. This symposium will be held at Texas Wesleyan School of Law on Friday, October 10, 2008. The topic of the symposium is Intellectual Property and Indigenous Peoples and its purpose is to examine intellectual property concepts - copyrights, trademark rights, patent rights, and trade secrets - as applied to the cultural heritage, art, and artifact of indigenous peoples. The Law Review is currently accepting proposals for presentations and papers on subjects related to the conjunction (or disjunction) of intellectual property law and policy with the interests of indigenous peoples. We anticipate the dialogue to represent a variety of perspectives, and include both academics and practitioners. Accepted papers will be published in Texas Wesleyan Law Review.

I want to personally extend an invitation to each of you to participate in this symposium and submit an article on this topic if you so desire. I also want to solicit your help to reach out to practitioners and academics who you feel would be interested in writing a paper and participating in a symposium on this topic. If you are an interested author or speaker, or if you know of anyone who would be an interested author or speaker, please submit an abstract of fewer than 300 words to jzachburt at by May 30, 2008.

If you have any questions or comments, or you need any additional information, please feel free to contact me any time at jzachburt at Questions and requests for further information can also be directed to Megan Carpenter, Associate Professor of Law in Intellectual Property, at mcarpenter at

Sincerely, Zach Burt Symposium Editor Texas Wesleyan Law Review