The Promise of Marrakesh and the Accessible Books Consortium

How to get accessible books into the hands of the visually impaired.

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) has a key role in increasing and making available the number of accessible format books for people who are visually impaired around the world.  This conversation will focus on practical ways to achieve the benefits promised by the Marrakesh Treaty.  The Marrakesh Treaty was adopted to address the "book famine" by allowing exceptions to copyright for the cross-border transfer of books without permission from the copyright owner.  How can ABC support the goals of the treaty in making the cross-border transfer of works a practical reality?

Monica Halil Lövblad

Ms. Halil is the Head of the Accessible Books Consortium, which is a private-public alliance located at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.  She has over 20 years experience managing humanitarian projects in U.N. Specialized Agencies.  Ms. Halil is a Canadian national and is licensed to practice law in the Province of Ontario. She obtained her master and law degrees from Dalhousie University in Canada.