Intellectual property rights and public health


  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•04•26    12:30 - 13:30

    Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance seminar: “Global protection of intellectual property rights and local promotion of public health in the South”

    The presentation by Samira Guennif, Associate Professor at the Centre d’économie de l’Université Paris Nord, aims at examining the modalities of strengthening intellectual property rights (IPR) in the South and investigating its influence on public health.

    Precisely, this seminar will specify the great issue in emerging and developing countries: ensuring drug accessibility so to reduce the health gap between the North and the South in a context marked by a remarkable reinforcement of intellectual property rights via the ratification of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement in 1994 and the proliferation of free trade agreements. To enlighten about the threat for public health and drug accessibility in the South, the presentation will discuss IPR reinforcement and effect on public health in the therapeutic field of HIV/AIDS.

    For more information, see the Calendar of upcoming events on the UNU-MERIT website.

    About the speaker

    Samira Guennif holds a PhD in economics. She is Associate Professor at the Centre d’économie de l’Université Paris Nord (CEPN) in France. Her research concerns patents, industrial development and public health in developing countries. Precisely, she examines the reinforcement of intellectual property rights and its influence in the developing world in terms of industrial capabilities building in the pharmaceutical sector and access to essential drugs, especially access to antiretrovirals in countries severely hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She co-edited the book Intellectual Property, Pharmaceuticals and Public Health: Access to Drugs in Developing Countries (Edward Elgar) and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals.