Academic Open Letter in Support of the TRIPS Intellectual Property Waiver Proposal

9 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2021

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Hyo Yoon Kang

Kent Law School, University of Kent

Aisling McMahon

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - Department of Law : Ireland ; National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Maynooth University) - Department of Law

Graham Dutfield

University of Leeds

Luke McDonagh

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Siva Thambisetty

London School of Economics and Political Science

Date Written: July 13, 2021

Abstract

The temporary TRIPS waiver - as proposed by India and South Africa and supported by more than 100 countries - is a necessary and proportionate legal measure towards the clearing of existing intellectual property barriers to scaling up of production of COVID-19 health technologies in a direct, consistent and effective fashion. We call on the governments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the European Union to drop their opposition to the TRIPS Waiver proposal at the World Trade Organisation and follow-up with targeted measures to support technology transfer, and the equitable access and production of health technologies, including COVID-19 vaccines.

Keywords: TRIPS waiver, Covid-19 vaccines, vaccine equity, equitable access and production, intellectual property barriers

Suggested Citation

Kang, Hyo Yoon and McMahon, Aisling and Dutfield, Graham and McDonagh, Luke and Thambisetty, Siva, Academic Open Letter in Support of the TRIPS Intellectual Property Waiver Proposal (July 13, 2021). LSE Law - Policy Briefing Paper No. 46, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3885568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3885568

Hyo Yoon Kang (Contact Author)

Kent Law School, University of Kent ( email )

Eliot College
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://hyoyoonkang.com

Aisling McMahon

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - Department of Law : Ireland ( email )

Maynooth
Ireland

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/aisling-mcmahon

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Maynooth University) - Department of Law ( email )

Maynooth, County Kildare
Ireland

Graham Dutfield

University of Leeds ( email )

School of Law
Liberty Building
Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
0113 343 1606 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://leeds.academia.edu/GrahamDutfield

Luke McDonagh

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Siva Thambisetty

London School of Economics and Political Science ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/law/staff/sivaramjani-thambisetty.htm

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