About ALAI

The International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) is an independent learned society dedicated to studying and discussing legal issues arising in connection with the protection of the interests of creative individuals.

Copyright and performing artists' rights are today an integral part of fundamental human rights as enshrined in several international conventions, declarations and charters.

Founded in 1878 by the great French writer Victor Hugo to promote the international recognition of the legal protection of authors for their intellectual work, the Association fulfils its purpose by fostering the wider international dissemination of works so as to enrich the heritage of humanity. This objective was initially achieved at the end of the 19th century with the adoption of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

ALAI, since then, continues to play a key role in the preparation of international legal instruments related to copyright and performers' rights, specifically by organizing congresses and study days dedicated to the in-depth analysis of every aspect of copyright.

For more information about ALAI please visit their webpage: www.alai.org

Bureau 2016

  • President: Frank Gotzen (Belgium)
  • Secretary General: Fabienne Brison (Belgium)
  • General Treasurer: Jean Cavalli (Switzerland)

          Vice-Presidents :
  • Ysolde Gendreau (Canada)
  • Jane Ginsburg (USA)
  • Silke von Lewinski (Germany)
  • Juan José Marín (Spain)
  • Jan Rosén (Sweden)
  • Pierre Sirinelli (France)