Trade Rules, Intellectual Property, and the Right to Health [Abstract]
Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 21.3 (Fall 2007)
September 26, 2007
In this article I explore the impact of trade rules on medicines access, and the growing force of the human right to health. I argue that the limited justification for strong patents in poor countries suggests the need for significant reform of trade-related intellectual property rights. I argue further that human rights standards may offer both normative and practical tools for achieving this reform and challenging trade rules on medicines at various levels.
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