Library Talk on “Intellectual Property and Public Health in the Developing World”

  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•07•14    14:30 - 16:00

    On 14 July 2016, the UNU Library will host a book launch for Intellectual Property and Public Health in the Developing World by Monirul Azam (Open Book Publishers, 2016).

    Across the world, developing countries are attempting to balance the international standards of intellectual property — with particular regard to pharmaceutical patents — with the urgent need for accessible and affordable medicines. This book explores how to design national patent laws and undertake the required institutional and infrastructural reforms that are optimal in terms of enabling developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) to promote innovation in their domestic pharmaceutical sectors and ensure access to medicines. It analyses experiences in implementing patent laws compliant with the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in Brazil, China, India and South Africa, and explores potential policy options for the LDCs through a case study of the pharmaceutical sector in Bangladesh. It also examines policies for the LDCs not only to promote their local pharmaceutical industry and ensure access to medicines, but also to explore potential plans of action to progress towards innovation and compliance.

    This event will be held in English; Japanese interpretation will not be provided.


    This event is open to the public, but advanced registration is required (by 16:00 on 13 July 2016). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    You may also register by contacting the UNU Library by email (, phone (03-5467-1359) or fax (03-5467-1360).


    Monirul Azam is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh and Course Director of Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development at Stockholm University, Sweden. He is also Director of StockholmIP and Sustainable Development Consulting based in Stockholm.




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