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Human Rights&Acccess to Medicines (LAW-962-002)
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Credit: 3 Credits Time: Fridays, 10am-12:40pm Grading: 35% class presentations (2) 60% paper grade 5% participation Professor Sean Fiil-Flynn In this course, students will work in teams to produce a report to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health on a topic related to implementation of the right to health and access to medicines. The course will cover topics at the intersection of human rights and intellectual property, on the one hand, and health and research and development policies on the other. Each student will be assigned to a research team to prepare a report for presentation to the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. Students will have opportunities to receive guidance and feedback from the Special Rapporteur and his staff, including during a 2-day residency of the Special Rapporteur at WCL. This course may be applied to the skills and written work requirements for graduation. COURSE STRUCTURE The first five weeks of the course will survey background law and policy. Each team will be assigned to lead the class in one of the discussions in weeks 6-9. Classes 10-14 will be devoted to “Grand Rounds” presentations. Each team will be in charge of one meeting of the class during this period and will present their research and invite feedback from the class, professor and the Office of the Special Rapporteur (as available). PROJECT REQUIREMENT Topics will be selected in weeks 3 and 4 and project reports will be due on the last day of WCL’s finals period. During the week of March 21 (to be confirmed) the teams will meet with Anand Grover, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health to receive feedback on their project. On the last day of finals, the class will host a final conference to present research from the course to the Special Rapporteur and the public. Student teams will be encouraged to publish their work from the course.
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First Class Readings
Helfer & Austin, Human Rights and Intellectual Property, Ch. 1, Institutional Frameworks
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