PIJIP Seeks Deans Fellows and Interns for Summer 2010

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) offers experiential learning opportunities related to public interest topics.  All fellows and interns will conduct research on current intellectual property issues, and will help with tasks related to the promotion of events and the IP program in general.  PIJIP’s 2010 summer fellowships are paid positions requiring 20-30 hours of work each week.  Internships are unpaid positions requiring 20 hours a week.  We are seeking students for both types of positions.  The projects for which we are hiring include:

Human Rights and Access to Medicines:
  investigating the interplay between international human rights commitments to provide the highest-attainable level of healthcare, and international intellectual property commitments that may block generic competition and therefore reduce access to medicines.  Exploring the possibility of a challenge to US trade policies promoting stronger IP protection for medicines than is required under the TRIPS Agreement.

International IP Enforcement:
analyzing international efforts to strengthen the enforcement of IP obligations through the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and through unilateral trade pressures.  Preparing for a June workshop on research papers commissioned by PIJIP on the public interest effects of the current enforcement agenda.   

Domestic Health Policy:  assisting in the provision of technical and legal assistance to state and local legislators concerned with the rising cost of brand-name pharmaceuticals for both individuals and regional governments.  Researching the use of physicians’ prescribing records for marketing purposes.

Communications and Program Building:
preparing media releases and helping to further develop PIJIP’s presence on the web through its WCL website and through a moderated wiki we’ve started as part of our work on the international IP enforcement agenda.  Developing strategies for greater outreach both inside and outside of the WCL community.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to pijip@wcl.american.edu.

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