The Pierre Genest Memorial Fund supports the invitation of distinguished legal scholars — Genest Global Faculty — to Osgoode. The Fund honours the memory of Pierre Genest who graduated from Osgoode in 1954 and became one of the finest counsel in Canada, respected not only for his gifts as a lawyer and an advocate, but also for his honourable and generous personal qualities.
Victor Nabhan has taught at Laval University as a full-time professor since1999. His areas of expertise are intellectual property, contract law and consumer protection. He has advised the Canadian Government with respect to the drafting of four revisions of the Copyright Act, as well as the Quebec Ministry of Culture on copyright matters. From 1999-2005, he served as a WIPO consultant, assisting a number of developing countries in drafting their copyright laws in compliance with TRIPS and/or WCT and WPPT. Since 2005, he has been a guest professor at Ottawa University (Canada), Institut des Etudes Politiques (Paris) and Nottingham University (UK). He also acts as a consultant with different organizations and developing countries. He is Counsel with the law firm of Kimbrough and Associés (Paris) and Chairman of ALAI (Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale). He has authored a number of articles and publications and has exhibited as an occasional artist. His visit to Osgoode is co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law & Technology Program (IP Osgoode).
Peter Fitzpatrick is currently Anniversary Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Honorary Professor of Law in the University of Kent. In 2007 he was given the James Boyd White Award by the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities. He has taught at universities in Europe, North America and Papua New Guinea and published many books on legal philosophy, law and social theory, law and racism, and imperialism, the latest ones being Law as Resistance: Modernism, Imperialism, Legalism (Ashgate, 2008) and, with Ben Golder, <em”>Foucault’s Law (Routledge, 2009). Outside the academy, he has worked in an international legal practice and was also in the Prime Minister’s Office in Papua New Guinea for several years.
Isabel Karpin joined the faculty of the University of Technology Sydney in February 2009. She taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney from 1994 to 2008. Prior to that, she worked for the law firm Blake Dawson Waldron Solicitors (as it then was) then took up a position as legal officer at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. In 1991, she completed the Master of Laws program at Harvard University and moved to New York to undertake a JSD at Columbia University. She specialises in feminist legal theory, health law, genetics and the law, disability and law and culture. Her current scholarship is in the area of law that can broadly be described as regulating bodies. This includes laws governing reproductive technologies, biotechnology as well as the legal responses to developments in genetic technologies and the challenges these pose to legal understandings of normality, disability, individuality, and family.