Text of Urgent ACTA Communique - English

This statement reflects the conclusions reached at a meeting of over 90 academics, practitioners and public interest organizations from six continents gathered at a conference on international intellectual property enforcement at American University Washington College of Law, June 16-18, 2010. Over 700 organizations and individuals have endorsed the document, which was officially released on June 23. Additional endorsements are welcome.

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Groups Call for Human Rights Review of U.S. Medicine Policy

In a report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council over the weekend, PIJIP joined with HIV treatment advocacy organizations Health Global Access Project (HealthGAP) and the European Community Advisory Board to call for a human rights review of U.S. trade policy on access to medicines. The submission explains that the United States has been using trade agreements, foreign aid, technical assistance and diplomatic pressure to promote intellectual property rights at the expense of human rights.

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Trade, Human Rights and Development

UN Building - 200pxMany of PIJIP’s projects involve issues at the intersection of intellectual property’s relation to trade, human rights and development interests of developing countries. PIJIP advises governments, intergovernmental organizations, and non-profit organizations on implementation of the WTO agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) as well as on the negotiation and implementation of intellectual property provisions of Free Trade Agreements. With the support of major foundations, PIJIP has hosted, and PIJIP routinely participates in, numerous international workshops and conferences on intellectual property and trade issues that are particularly relevant to developing countries. PIJIP faculty perform academic analyses of trade, human rights and development issues.

New:  Leaked text of the Trans Pacific Partnership and analysis of how it could affect human rights.

Selected Reports

Student Work Product (research papers produced by students in WCL's new course - Advanced Issues in IP: Human Rights and Development)

Statements and Proposals for a WIPO Development Agenda

Legal Texts

World Trade Agreement Texts

Historical Intellectual Property Treaties

Human Rights Treaties

U.S. Legal Documents



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