Oct 28: Public Consultation on Trade, Access to Medicines and the Right to Health with Anand Grover, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health

American University Washington College of Law
October 28, 2010

At a consultation with UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Anand Grover, health advocates gave testimony relating to their complaints filed with the UN about U.S. trade policies continued from the Bush administration that violate the right to health. The webcast for the event is now available.

The groups criticized the U.S.'s policy of placing countries that produce generic medications on a "watch list" which threatens trade sanctions.  Generically produced medications account for 80% of the world's HIV medications.  The Obama administration promised to support the right of countries to produce lifesaving medications, but the complaint contends that they have continued to place countries like India on a list generated by the U.S. Trade Representative.  An afternoon panel discussed the effect that the Anti-Counterfieiting Trade Agreement will have

Complaints to the UN Special Rapporteur and Submissions for the Record: 

Public Consultation Schedule and Presentations:

I.  Examination of the Impact of the U.S. Special 301 Program on Access To Medicines and The Right To Health

9:30-9:50Opening Statement by Anand Grover, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
9:50-10:05Statement by Julian Fleet, UNAIDS
10:05-10:30Panel 1, Human Rights Complaint Against Special 301
Sean Flynn – Associate Director, PIJIP (Statement)
Matt Kavanagh – HealthGAP
10:30-11:30Panel 2: Impact of 301 on Access to Medicines
Isabella Albornoz, General Counsel, Embassy of Ecuador
Kannikar Kijtiwatchakul, Health Consumer Protection Program, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand  
Amit Sengupta, Peoples Health Movement and the All India Peoples Science Network, India (Presentation)
11:30-12:30Panel 3: Impact of 301 on Access to Medicines
Marcela Vieira, Conectas Direitos Humanos, Brazil
Nompumelelo Mantangana, Ubuntu Clinic, Khayelitsha, South Africa
Ellen Shaffer, Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (Presentation)
Emi MacLean, MSF/Doctors Without Borders
12:30-12:45Closing Comments by Anand Grover

II.  Examination of International Intellectual Property Enforcement Agenda


Consultation on ACTA and the Right to Health

Brook Baker, Health GAP (Presentation)
Judit Rius, Knowledge Ecology International (Presentation)
Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen (Presentation)
Sean Flynn, Associate Director, PIJIP 

   2:15-2:30 Closing Remarks by Anand Grover







About the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health

The United Nations Human Right Council appointed Mr Anand Grover as Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health at its eighth session held in June 2008. Mr Anand Grover, a practicing lawyer in the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India, took up his functions as Special Rapporteur on 1 August 2008. He is the Director of the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS in India, having offices in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore which he co-founded in 1981 with Ms. Indira Jaising, The Unit dealing with HIV/AIDS was established in Mumbai in 1998.

Anand Grover is a pioneer in the field of HIV and has handled several hundred HIV/AIDS related litigations in India. He appeared in the first HIV case relating to the HIV activist, Dominic D Souza, The Lucy D’ Souza case, challenging the isolationist Goa Public Health Amendment Act. He also fought the first case on blood transfusion in the Calcutta High Court, P v. Uol as well as successfully arguing against the patenting of anti-AIDS drug Nevirapine Hemi-hydrate.

Mr. Grover has also appeared in several well known cases as lead counsel in various public interest and human rights matters, including the first HIV case in India relating to employment law, MX v. ZY, the Bombay Pavement Dwellers case, several environmental cases including the Bhopal Gas Disaster case, the Goa Zuari Agrochemicals case, various sexual harassment cases including the India Air Hostess cases, the Shehnaaz Mudhbatakal v. Saudi Arabian Airlines, and various animal rights cases, such as the Camel case, the Kamani Tubes Ltd. Case, and the Garware Nylons Case.  He has also acted as an advocate in many important cases regarding the right to marry and the rights of sex workers, such as the Mr. X v. Hospital Z case and the Mumbai Bar Dancers case.