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Intellectual Property and Human Rights

Edited by Laurence R. Helfer, Harry R. Chadwick Sr Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law, US
Including an original introduction by Professor Helfer, a leading scholar in the field, this is a must-have volume that will be of use to lawyers, judges, legal scholars and researchers interested in the areas of intellectual property and human rights and their intersection.
Extent: 840 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78195 384 6
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  • Law - Academic
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property Law
There is a growing body of scholarship analysing the many international organizations, government agencies and civil society groups whose activities define the relationship between human rights and intellectual property. This timely and engaging volume illustrates the richness and diversity of this literature. It explores the wider historical and institutional context of these topics; the meaning of key international instruments; writings that clarify ambiguous legal norms; works that advocate the recognition of new legal norms; institutional and strategic issues and critical or cautionary perspectives.

Including an original introduction by Professor Helfer, a leading scholar in the field, this is a must-have volume that will be of use to lawyers, judges, legal scholars and researchers interested in the areas of intellectual property and human rights and their intersection.
‘The complex relationship between human rights and intellectual property is maturing. This collection of articles published testifies to the blossoming of this relationship. It brings together some of the leading contributions in this area and deserves a place in the library of all those that take an interest in intellectual property and human rights.’
– Paul Torremans, University of Nottingham, UK

‘Helfer’s book will constitute a valuable asset in any IP or human rights library.’
– Klaus D. Beiter, International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law
17 articles, dating from 1998 to 2012
Contributors include: G.W. Austin, A.R. Chapman, R.C. Dreyfuss, C. Geiger, H. Grosse Ruse-Khan, H.H. Morten, T.W. Pogge, A.E. Yamin, P.K. Yu
Contents:

Acknowledgements

Introduction Laurence R. Helfer

PART I REDISCOVERING THE HISTORICAL UNDERSTANDING OF CREATORS’ RIGHTS IN INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS
1. Peter K. Yu (2007), ‘Reconceptualizing Intellectual Property Interests in a Human Rights Framework’

PART II CLARIFYING AMBIGUOUS OR UNDERDEVELOPED LEGAL NORMS
2. Laurence R. Helfer (2007), ‘Toward a Human Rights Framework for Intellectual Property’
3. Audrey R. Chapman (2009), ‘Towards an Understanding of the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and its Applications’
4. Margaret Chon (2007), ‘Intellectual Property “From Below”: Copyright and Capability for Education’
5. Graeme W. Austin and Amy G. Zavidow (2008), ‘Copyright Law Reform Through a Human Rights Lens’
6. Hans Morten Haugen (2008), ‘Human Rights and TRIPS Exclusion and Exception Provisions’
7. Christophe Geiger (2006), ‘“Constitutionalising” Intellectual Property Law? The Influence of Fundamental Rights on Intellectual Property in the European Union’

PART III ADVOCATING THE RECOGNITION OF NEW LEGAL NORMS
8. Rosemary J. Coombe (1998), ‘Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Sovereignty: New Dilemmas in International Law Posed by the Recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and the Conservation of Biodiversity’
9. Alicia Ely Yamin (2003), ‘Not Just A Tragedy: Access to Medications as a Right Under International Law’
10. Molly Beutz Land (2009), ‘Protecting Rights Online’
11. Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan (2009), ‘Time for a Paradigm Shift? Exploring Maximum Standards in International Intellectual Property Protection’

PART IV INSTITUTIONAL AND STRATEGIC ISSUES
12. Laurence R. Helfer (2004), ‘Regime Shifting: The TRIPS Agreement and New Dynamics of International Intellectual Property Lawmaking’
13. Peter K. Yu (2012), ‘Intellectual Property and Human Rights in the Nonmultilateral Era’
14. Lisa Forman (2008), ‘“Rights” and Wrongs: What Utility for the Right to Health in Reforming Trade Rules on Medicines?’

PART V CRITICAL OR CAUTIONARY PERSPECTIVES
15. Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss (2010), ‘Patents and Human Rights: Where is the Paradox?’
16. Laurence R. Helfer (2008), ‘The New Innovation Frontier? Intellectual Property and the European Court of Human Rights’
17. Thomas W. Pogge (2005), ‘Human Rights and Global Health: A Research Program’