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A Celebration of the Life of Professor Bill Cornish


Members are cordially invited to an afternoon of words and music to celebrate the life of Professor Bill Cornish, CMG, QC, FBA, Emeritus Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, and Life Fellow and formerly President of Magdalene College, Cambridge. This event will take place on Sunday 19th March 2023, here at Magdalene.

Professor Bill Cornish was an invaluable member of the Magdalene Fellowship for over thirty years. A distinguished legal scholar, he made an enormous contribution to the development of the law on intellectual property and played a leading role in aid to East European universities after the end of communist rule, while always finding time for the College which he served in so many ways, especially during his time as President. 

The programme for the day will be as follows:

From 4.00pm: refreshments will be served in Cripps Court Gallery
5.00pm-6.30pm: words and music to celebrate the life of Professor Cornish in the Sir Humphrey Cripps Auditorium, Cripps Court
6.30pm: a light buffet supper will be served

Registration is essential should you wish to attend this event. Please register your attendance via the link below..

In addition, a digital recording of the celebration will be made available for those who are unable to join us on the day. The link to the recording will only be sent to those who request it. To receive the digital recording, please rsvp via the link below and select the 'digital recording only' ticket.

Register for 'A Celebration of the Life of Professor Bill Cornish'

Those interested in contributing to a fund to support a planned research studentship in Intellectual Property and Information Law in memory of Professor Cornish are asked to contact to register their interest. We are grateful to the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law in the Faculty of Law for their support for this event.

Please note that no parking will be available at Magdalene College on this occasion; further information on local car parks can be found at

If you have any queries relating to the celebration, please contact the President's Secretary via

We hope you will be able to join us for this special event.

Cripps Court, Magdalene College

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