The Divine Comedy – the Bishops’ Gambit

Von Hugel

I am participating in a Conference titled “Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith and Social Justice – defining the boundaries” which will be held on 4-5 September 2015 under the auspices of the Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, UK. The full (draft) program may be found here.

religious symbols

I will speaking at the opening plenum titled: Religious Perspectives on Intellectual Property.

The plenum is chaired by the Right Reverend John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, Department of Christian Responsibility, The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales’

With me, will be His Eminence, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio: Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN Office in Geneva & WTO who will be talking about “The contribution of the Holy See to the Intellectual Property debate at the multilateral level”, and Mons. Osvaldo Neves de Almeida, Holy See Secretariat of State, with responsibility for TRIPs (WTO), UNCTAD and formerly for WIPO who will talk about “IP Rights and the Fundamental Right to the Commons in the Light of Catholic Social Teaching”.

My talk is entitled “Patents, Life and Social Justice: Musings of a Mosaic Maven”

This is Dr Roman Cholij’ revenge for me inviting him to speak at a conference I organized a few years ago called “Intellectual Property in Jewish Law” which we co-hosted with Yad HaRav Herzog. Roman spoke on the same plenum with Former Heads of the Supreme Rabbinic Court (Bet Din) Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg Rav Shlomo Daichowski.


The bishop's gambit

The bishop’s gambit

I must admit, I am more at home with bishops on the chess board. I shall have to look up the correct etiquette for addressing my fellow panelists!

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