On Monday, December 3, a panel of experts will examine the costs of prescription drugs in emergency situations. Sponsored by the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, “The Emergency Exception: Pharmaceutical Patents in the Time of Crisis” will being together academics and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry.

Among the topics that will be discussed will be Sen. Charles Schumer’s proposal to amass a stockpile of Cipro and the implications of this strategy on developing countries facing crises of their own, such as AIDS. The panel will also explore questions that directly impact international trade agreements and developing countries, such as what kinds of crises can be used to justify the suspension of intellectual property rights in the future. Panelists will include Philippe Bennett, co-head of Intellectual Property at Coudert Brothers, and James Gathii of Albany Law School.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Vorenberg Classroom (Langdell North).