Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith, and Social Justice

Cambridge University Murphy Event

An international conference at Cambridge University, England.

Date & Time:

Friday, September 4, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Standard Registration fee £250.00 Student/Ph.D. registration fee £160.00


Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, CB3 0DF

With the explosion of genetic technology and the drive to access and make use of genetic resources, the issues surrounding the patenting of living things and living material--human, animal, and plant--have become tremendously complex and important.  What is the line between patentable scientific creations and unpatentable features of nature? What effects do patents on human genes, or on genetically modified crops, have on people in poverty or in developing countries? What is a fair allocation of indigenous genetic resources among traditional peoples and multinational corporations? What role should moral objections to particular technologies play in determining whether they can be patented? And what do religious insights have to offer on these legal, moral, and social questions? 

This groundbreaking two-day conference sponsored by the Von Hügel Institute at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas, will bring together leaders from a wide range of disciplinary expertise and perspectives to address the legal, ethical, and political questions surrounding the patenting of life forms and the role that law can play in the construction of just patent laws throughout the world.

Registration, Fees, and Accommodation information here.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Tom Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota 
Roman Cholij, Von Hügel Institute Research Associate, St Edmund's College and IP Practitioner

Click here for a full list of speakers and paper titles. 

Sponsored by The Von Hügel Institute at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, and The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota (USA).

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.