Faculty Activities

Fall 2017


Professor Susan Ayres:

  • Presented translations of work by the prize-winning Mexican writer, Elsa Cross, at the 40th Anniversary Conference of the American Literary Translators Association, Minneapolis, Minn. (Oct. 5-8, 2017).

Professor William Byrnes, Associate Dean for Special Projects:

  • Delivered the plenary address, “The Need and Solution for Assessing Government Tax Information Privacy and Security,” at the Cambridge Economic Crimes Symposium, Jesus College (Sept. 8, 2017). Learn more.

Professor Irene Calboli:

  • Presented her work-in-progress “A Different Geographical Approach to IP Exhaustion Rules?” at the Association for European Policy of Intellectual Property 12th Annual Conference—Claims on Area: the Geography-IP Interface, University of Bordeaux, France (Sept. 4-6, 2017).

  • Delivered the opening lecture on “The International Intellectual Property Framework” as part of the Promotion of Effective Intellectual Property Protection to Support Business Growth course organized by the Intellectual Property Academy, Singapore, for representatives of SMEs from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sept. 18, 2017).

  • Delivered a public lecture on “Trademark Protection in the International Framework” at the Faculty of Law, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy (Oct. 9, 2017).

  • Spoke on “Trademarks and the Internet” as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law, Bocconi University for the LL.M. in Law of Internet Technology (Oct. 9-11, 2017).

  • Presented her work-in-progress “Can Trademark Anti-Dilution Protection Serve the Public Interest?” at the 36th Annual ATRIP Congress: The Scope and Purpose of Intellectual Property, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (Oct. 23-26, 2017).

  • Delivered a series of lectures on “International Intellectual Property Law and WIPO Agreements” at the Faculty of Law, University Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia (Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2017).

  • Delivered a public lecture on “New Developments in International Intellectual Property” at the Faculty of Law, University of Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia (Nov. 1, 2017).

  • Delivered a series of lectures on “Current Topics in Intellectual Property Law” as an IP expert for the WIPO Academy at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 6-9, 2017).

  • Delivered a presentation on “International Framework on Enforcement of Intellectual Property” at the Identification of Products and the Problem of Counterfeiting Seminar, organized by the Intellectual Property Academy of Indonesia at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 7, 2017).

  • Delivered three lectures on IP exhaustion, non-traditional trademarks, and international IP at the Hanken School of Economics, Graduate Program in Intellectual Property, Helsinki, Finland (Nov. 20-23, 2017).

  • Delivered lectures on trademarks and geographical indications at the Master in Intellectual Property (specialization in Design) organized by WIPO and Tongji University in Shanghai, China PRC (Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2017).

  • Chaired and organized the closing plenary panel on “Geographical Indications of Origin” at the 12th Annual Conference of the Association for European Policy of Intellectual PropertyClaims on Area: The Geography-IP Interface at the University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France (Sept. 4-6, 2017).

  • Chaired and co-organized with the International Trademark Association (INTA) a workshop on “Brands and Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Economy” at the School of Law, Singapore Management University and International Trademark Association, Singapore (Sept. 27, 2017).

Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Director of the Natural Resources Systems Program:

  • Presented the CLE “Basics of Texas Water Law” at an event organized by the Texas Aggie Bar Association at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, Texas (Oct. 31, 2017).

  • Acted as principal investigator for the WATERLEX Country and International Waters Profiles project, for which Texas A&M received a $38,000 research grant from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (September 2017).

  • Served as an expert international water law contributor for the Workshop on Science & Policy in Transboundary Rivers organized by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Md. (Nov. 8-10, 2017).

  • Quoted in The Brown Daily Herald, “Scientists, Scholars Sign Declaration for Universal Clean Water Access” (Sept. 12, 2017).

  • Highlighted in TX H2O, “Securing Water Globally: Aggie Experts Team Up to Research Water Security” (Fall 2017).

Professor Susan Fortney, Director of the Program for the Advancement of Legal Ethics:

  • Spoke at the International Legal Ethics Conference in Singapore and moderated a panel on “Effective New Regulatory Responses to Complaints.” The panel included the Legal Profession Ombudsman from the UK and chief regulators from the state of Victoria, Australia, and Ireland, as well of the president of the Singapore Bar Association (Oct. 6, 2017).

Professor Guillermo Jose Garcia Sanchez:

  • Presented at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law on the renegotiation of NAFTA and the resolution of disputes between indigenous communities and foreign investors. The presentation was part of the symposium titled The United States Mexico Relationship in International Law and Politics, organized by the Maryland Journal of International Law (Oct. 20, 2017).

  • Lectured at CIDE University in Mexico City on the state of the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement in the Gulf of Mexico (Dec. 6, 2017).

Professor Paul George:

  • Served as Reporter at the first meeting of the Uniform Law Commission’s project, Joint Drafting Committee on Registration of Foreign Judgments to Harmonize the Law of Canada and the United States. (Oct. 27-29, 2017).

Professor Charlotte Ku, Associate Dean for Global Programs and Co-Convener of the Global and Comparative Law Program:

  • Presented "Connecting the Global to the Local: Opportunities for Legal Research and Enhancing Global Governance" to the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, Coventry, England (October 2017).

  • Delivered the 2017 Coverdell Lecture "Globalism in an Era of National Populism" at Georgia College, Milledgeville, Ga. (Sept. 18, 2017).

Professor Srividhya Ragavan:

Associate Professor Peter Reilly:

Professor Elizabeth Trujillo, Co-Convener of the Global and Comparative Law Program:

  • Presented “Trade and the Institutionalization of Regulatory Cooperation: Multilateralism v. Regionalism” as an invited panelist at Trade Law in The Trump Era: A Transatlantic Perspective Conference at Boston University School of Law (Sept. 8, 2017). This was based on her paper which will be published in Spring 2018 in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.

  • Presented a new project “Balancing Sustainability, the Right to Regulate, and the Need for Investor Protection: Lessons from the Trade Regime Development” as an invited panelist for the International Investment Law Reform Conference at Boston College Law School (Oct. 25, 2017). This conference was co-sponsored by the The Luksic Fund, Boston College Law School, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and is part of a joint project on investment reform with the UNCTAD Principles for a 21st Century Investment Law Regime.

  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has granted Professor Trujillo an extension on her Research Fellowship to complete her book with Cambridge University Press on Trade and Sustainable Development and her visiting position at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.

Associate Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat:

  • Moderated the “Patent Law II” panel and the “International Intellectual Property Law” panel at Texas A&M University School of Law’s Third Annual Texas A&M Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable (Oct. 13–14, 2017).

  • Presented the Section 101 “Update on the Law of Patent-Eligible Subject Matter” as a plenary session speaker at the Center for American and International Law’s 55th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law (Nov. 13–14, 2017).

Professor Peter Yu, Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property:

  • Was re-elected to the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) for a third term.

  • Presented “A Spatial Critique of Intellectual Property Law and Policy” at the 12th Annual Meeting of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association at the University of Bordeaux in France (Sept. 4-6, 2017).

  • Chaired and spoke on the “Fair Use and Global Copyright Reform” panel at International Law Weekend 2017 in New York (Oct. 20, 2017).

  • Presented the Co-Directors of Studies' report at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association (Oct. 21, 2017).

  • Presented "Customizing Fair Use Transplants" at the 2017 Meeting of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association organized by the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia (Oct. 30-31, 2017).

  • Chaired the “Development and the Interpretation of Rules” panel at the ATRIP Congress 2017 at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand (Oct. 23-26, 2017).

  • Organized the Third Annual Texas A&M Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable at Texas A&M University School of Law (Oct. 13-14, 2017).