PIJIP Research Paper No. 8: Collateral Damage: The Impact of ACTA and the Enforcement Agenda on the World's Poorest People

Throughout September, PIJIP will release a series of Research Papers on ACTA.  The series is available at http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/research/

Andrew Rens
PIJIP Research Paper No. 8
September, 2010


ACTA is billed as a trade agreement, and it is likely to have a far reaching impact on the poorest people in the world. ACTA's purported aim is to increase the efficacy of enforcement of intellectual property. However, like the enforcement agenda that gave rise to it, ACTA's provisions threaten access to medicines, access to learning materials, and access to markets by developing countries, and in so doing threaten development.


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