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Global Inequality Symposium: Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in the Developing World

April 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Professors Margo A. Bagley and Ruth Okediji will discuss their work on the international intellectual property regime and its relation to the entrenchment of global inequality. The discussion will center on the implications of international intellectual property and the multilateral trading regime for access to medicines in the Global South. The workshop will offer critical analyses of recent developments in national patent laws and will review current efforts to reform the global patent system. The panel will also offer a deeper view of the legal framework that undergirds the development of new pharmaceutical drugs, which has been a key driver behind the push for international efforts to protect genetic resources. Non-pizza lunch will be served.

The 2019 Harvard Law & International Development Society symposium centers on the themes of global inequality and economic justice. The symposium aims to interrogate the interaction of law, development, and international political economy. By emphasizing a “law and political economy” approach, the workshops hope to illuminate the historical, structural drivers of poverty, reveal the role of global governance in facilitating the “great divergence” between Global North and Global South, as well as shed light on potential solutions and interventions. The workshops strive to spark growing conversation on the systemic roots of global inequality, bringing together practitioners, academics, and students interested in engaging more critically with the topic. Workshops will focus on such issues as technology, intellectual property, and access to health; international investment and human rights; international finance and trade; and the role of law in shaping and correcting global inequality.


April 3, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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