A Review of Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Development: The Role of NGOs and Social Movements by Duncan Matthews
The IP Law Book Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 63-74, 2012
14 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2012 Last revised: 26 Aug 2013
Date Written: February 28, 2012
As the self-disclosing title of his book suggests, Professor Duncan Matthews addresses the interplay of various intellectual property governance vectors in the context of specific developing countries: Brazil, India and South Africa. As such, the book is one of the first extended academic inquiries into the dynamics of NGOs and social movements within global intellectual property legal regimes. In this book review, I first situate this book within the scholarship of NGOs, then describe and assess its significance to the fields of intellectual property law and global governance.
Keywords: Access to medicines, agriculture, Brazil, development, genetic resources, human rights, India, intellectual property, NGOs, patents, public health, social movements, South Africa, traditional knowledge
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