Of Medicines and Markets: Intellectual Property and Human Rights in the Free Trade Era (Stanford Studies in Human Rights)

By Angelina Snodgrass Godoy

Important American international locations have lengthy outlined future health as a human correct. yet in recent times local alternate agreements have ushered in competitive highbrow estate reforms, undermining this notion. Questions of IP and well-being provisions are pivotal to either human rights advocacy and “free” exchange coverage, and as this publication chronicles, advanced political battles have constructed around the region.

Looking at occasions in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, Angelina Godoy argues that human rights advocates have to procedure highbrow estate legislations as greater than easily a roster of rules. IP represents the leading edge of a world tendency to worth all issues in marketplace phrases: existence forms—from crops to human genetic sequences—are rendered commodities, and components essential to maintain life—medicines—are limited to insure company gains. If we argue merely over the phrases of IP security with no confronting the underlying good judgment governing our alternate agreements, then human rights advocates will lose even if they win.

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