The Economics of Intellectual Property Rights, Heritage and Traditional Knowledge

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•04•28    14:30 - 16:00

    This seminar will focus on the points of difference and convergence between environmental economics and cultural economics. It will explore how intellectual property (IP) rights – including traditional knowledge and heritage rights along with modernity-driven IP rights like copyrights and trademarks – can enable capture and valorization of biodiversity and cultural capital. The presentation seeks to present the basic tenets of environmental economics and cultural economics by focusing on the traditional knowledge dimensions of forestry and biodiversity conservation, and setting out the similarities and differences with heritage protection implicit in classical performing arts such as nogaku, classical Russian ballet and India’s kutiyatttum. The seminar will also argues that financing of biodiversity conservation and of classical performing art theatres can be better secured if they are linked to a system of sui generis IP rights.

    The event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided.

    About the Speaker

    A. Damodaran is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore, India). He specializes in environmental policy and economics, IPR management and in recent times on cultural economics. Prof Damodaran has been a visiting expert at UNU-IAS and has consulted for WIPO, UNDP, the World Bank and UNDP. He is a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Management, St Petersburg University, Russia, with experience working with Russian Ballet theatres. He has also been a Visiting Fellow with the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE), Japan in 2004 and is a keen watcher of Noh and Kabuki.


    14:30 Opening
    14:35 Presentation
    15:15 Question and answer session


    This event is open to the public, but advance registration is required. To register, please email with your name and affiliation.


    Meeting Room 1, UNU-IAS
    1-1-1 Minato Mirai
    Nishi-ku, Yokohama
    Japan 220-8502