International Intellectual Property, Public Health, and Access to Medicines

International Intellectual Property, Public Health, and Access to Medicines

Professor Ruth Okediji
Fall 2021 course
M, T 4:15pm - 5:45pm in WCC Room B015
3 classroom credits

Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD international/comparative requirement.

Prerequisites: Faculty permission. Interested students should submit a one-paragraph statement of interest briefly describing their background and reason for wanting to take the course. Please submit to Anna Restuccia ( by September 8, 2021. Decisions will be made and communication within 48 hours of receipt of statement of interest.

Exam Type: No Exam

This course examines fundamental principles of international IP law with an emphasis on access to medicines. It covers comparative approaches to the scope of patent protection, limitations and exceptions, and dispute settlement, including implications for public health and economic development in the Global South. Students will study key provisions of leading major treaties, emphasizing the implementation and enforcement of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and IP chapters in regional trade agreements, including new forms of legal protection available to the pharmaceutical industry.

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment, International, Comparative & Foreign Law