LAURA BIRON (MA Cantab, Ph.D) completed her undergraduate and doctoral work in philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She also spent a year as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. Prior to coming to UVa, Laura was a Greenwall fellow in bioethics and health policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins, a Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and a member of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge.
Laura is currently working on a monograph, The Idea of Intellectual Property, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. The book explores the ontological and justificatory foundations of intellectual property, and puts forward a ‘hybrid’ framework for the justification of intellectual property, drawing on both Kantian, communicative and Lockean, proprietary perspectives.
Laura’s other research interests include political philosophy and taxation, bioethics, philosophy of religion and Kant's practical philosophy.
2013 'Increasing access through incentives for innovation: the Health Impact Fund', O. Aginam, J. Harrington and P. Yu (eds.), Global governance of HIV/ AIDS: Intellectual Property and Access to Medicine (Edward Elgar), ch. 9
2012, ‘Social value judgements in healthcare: a philosophical critique’ (with Ruth Faden and Benedict Rumbold), in Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 26 (3), pp. 317-330
2012 'Public reason, communication and intellectual property' in A. Lever (ed.), New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property, Cambridge University Press, ch. 9
2010 'Two challenges to the idea of intellectual property' The Monist, 93(3): 382-395
2011 ‘Displacement by Development: Ethics, rights and responsibilities’, Notre-Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011.10.09
The Idea of Intellectual Property, forthcoming 2014, Oxford University Press
‘Taxing or taking? Property-rhetoric and the justice of taxation’ forthcoming 2014 in M. O’Neill and S. Orr (eds.), Political Philosophy and Taxation, Oxford University Press.
‘Copyright and communicative norms’, forthcoming 2014 in M. Van Eechoud (ed.) The work of authorship: creativity that counts, Amsterdam University Press
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