Access to Meds and U.S. Human Rights Review

On November 26, 2010, the United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a hearing to examine the United States’ compliance with its legally-binding obligations under its signed and ratified Human Rights treaties as well as the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is a forum where access to medicines issues may be raised, especially with respect to U.S. pressure on developing countries to implement TRIPS-plus intellectual property rules on that block access to generic pharmaceuticals.

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African NGO Forum Passes Resolution on the Right to Access to Needed Medicines

A resolution calling on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to recognize human rights to access needed medicines was passed by at a meeting of African Human Rights organizations in Abuja, Nigeria, on November 10. The resolution calls on the Commission to recognize duties to respect, protect and fulfill rights to access to medicines, including by taking “full advantage of all flexibilities in the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property that promote access to affordable medicines.”

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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.

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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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