Human Rights and the WTO: The Case of Patents and Access to Medicines - International Economic Law Series (Paperback)
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Human Rights and the WTO: The Case of Patents and Access to Medicines - International Economic Law Series (Paperback)

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The international trading system has come under increasing attack by activists as being in conflict with human rights law. Others have defended the system as contributing more to the fulfilment of human rights than many other areas of international law. This study examines the alleged conflict of WTO law with international human rights law, using one of the most prominent examples of such a conflict: that between international patent law, ie the TRIPS Agreement, and access to medication as guaranteed eg by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This highly controversial political issue of the appropriate use of international patent law on life saving medicines gained the world's attention during the discussion about the price of AIDS medication, but recent instances also include the availability of the patented medication for bird flu and for anthrax. The book discusses both the patent law and the international human rights law involved in great depth, distinguishing between obligations under different human rights instruments and including a highly readable introduction into both areas of law. It then explains the concept of conflict between legal regimes and why patent law and human rights law are in conflict. The current state of international law on the conflict between legal regimes and the origin of such conflicts is analyzed, covering such issues as hierarchy in international law and introducing the concept of 'factual hierarchy'. The book then turns to the role of human rights law in the WTO system, concluding that such law currently is limited to aiding the interpreting of the WTO agreements. It shows how a further integration of human rights law could be achieved and describes the progress made towards accommodating human rights concerns within the TRIPS Agreement, culminating in the first ever decision to amend a core WTO Agreement in December 2005.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199552177
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 233 x 156 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Readers...cannot fail to value this book as much for its rich exploration of the relationship between patent protection and access to medicine as for its finely argued debate on the incorporation of human rights within WTO law. All those readers with a stake in the implementation of the TRIPs Agreement will admire Hestermeyer's scholarship for the light it sheds on the way in which human rights can provide a foundation for building a global model of pharmaceutical innovation that also seeks to maximise public welfare. * Dr Gail E. Evans, International Trade Law and Regulation Vol 14/6 *
[T]his work succeeds in adding substantially to the existing body of academic literature...it is a magnificently conducted academic exercise...Based upon a meticulous examination of case law and literature on the topic, the author...provides us with a very well-structured, logically sound and hence very persuasive argument in favour of his position. This volume is a must-read for anyone working on TRIPS, and even beyond this core interest group, any academic or practitioner interested in the interaction between different fields of international law will find this book a rewarding read. * Freya Baetens, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 58, Issue 3, July 2009 *
well researched and well written account. * European Journal of International Law (20) *
Human rights and patent rights have become increasingly intertwined in discussions surrounding access to pharmaceutical drugs by citizens of developing countries...in his excellent book....Hestermeyer has tackled this complex and contentious conflict, disentangled it into its essential constituent parts, including patent law, human rights, and international trade under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime and its side-agreeemnt on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Proeprty (TRIPS), and then artfully reconstructed a clear, cogent, and hopeful model of how to approach a resolution His research is meticulous, his prose spare yet fluent, and his arguments persuasive and well-supported * Andrew W. Torrancem University of Kansas School of Law, The IP Law book Review *

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