Final Draft Resolution: Right to Access Needed Medicines

We invite your comments on the final draft resolution on human rights and access to medicines in Africa, which will be presented for consideration to the NGO Forum meeting in Abuja (Nigeria) November 8, 2008, on the occasion of the 44th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission). The resolution requests the African Commission to adopt a resolution recognizing the human right to access to needed medicines and clarifying the duties imposed by the right.

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Law Professors Defend NIH Policy

I want to thank my colleagues in the legal academy who responded to the AAP's unfounded legal attack on the NIH Public Access Policy by deflecting the TRIPS Hammer with a straightforward explanation of why TRIPS does not apply to the NIH policy. NIH is fully respecting copyright - an author's right. This blog contains their letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers.

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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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