Global Congress Issues Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

With the U.S. round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement underway in Chicago, IP and information policy experts from around the world have released a Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest that challenges the dominant direction of the negotiations on intellectual property in U.S. trade agreements. The Declaration was created through a consultative process with over 180 experts from 35 countries in six continents at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, August 25-27 at WCL.

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Experts Testify to U.N. Special Rapporteur, Webcast + Release

Washington, DC: At a consultation with UN Special Rapporteur on Health, Anand Grover, health advocates gave testimony today relating to their complaint 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.

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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.

New:  Leaked text of the Trans Pacific Partnership and analysis of how it could affect human rights.

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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