The Harvard Law and International Development Society presents its 2019 symposium on the theme of Global Inequality: Law and International Political Economy. “Fire in the Blood” is an award-winning documentary on health policy and international trade which will serve as the pre-symposium kick-off event. The film is a shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits unconscionably high even at the expense of peoples’ lives. It tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. It is a plea for universal access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines. Guest speaker is Luis Gil Abinader from Knowledge Ecology International who will moderate a short post-film conversation. Dinner will be served.