Human Development as a Core Objective of Global Intellectual Property

48 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2017 Last revised: 10 Nov 2017

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J. Janewa OseiTutu

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2016


Global intellectual property obligations shape domestic laws and policies. More than twenty years since the first multilateral trade-based intellectual property agreement, critics contend that global intellectual property law prioritizes intellectual property rights over other interests, and profits over people. Faced with international intellectual-property obligations, nations have been forced to justify laws and policies designed to promote human development as exceptions to intellectual property protection. This is the result of legal interpretations that treat the objectives of intellectual property protection and human development as inconsistent with one another. Drawing on the objectives of trade law and intellectual property law, this Article argues that human development is a central objective of trade-based intellectual property law and should be duly recognized as such. It is, therefore, unnecessary to protect human development as an “exception” to a norm of protection.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Human Development, Human Rights, Trade

Suggested Citation

OseiTutu, Julia Janewa, Human Development as a Core Objective of Global Intellectual Property (November 1, 2016). 105 KENTUCKY L.J. 1 (2016); Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-26. Available at SSRN: or

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