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Law On Trial - Pharmaceutical Patents And Pandemics: Public Health And Private Wealth?

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The fevered atmosphere of the current pandemic has re-ignited a long-standing debate about the ethics of patenting pharmaceutical products. As the pharmaceutical corporations owning the COVID-19 vaccine patents make massive pay-outs to their shareholders, as the wealthy states of the West monopolize scarce supplies of medicines and vaccines, as President Joe Biden clashes with European leaders over a waiver on vaccine patents, and as the world watches the tragedy of millions of lives prematurely lost, this panel will consider the pros and cons of granting patents over pharmaceutical products.

Law On Trial - Law, Pandemic And Crisis

Law On Trial is the School of Law’s annual week of free, public events around a particular theme.

This year we explore law’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and how the pandemic has left a lasting effect on various aspects of our society including the Black Lives Matter movement, global concerns with racist policing, climate protests and insurrection in Colombia. Find out more and book your place at the week's events.

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  • Dr Hyo Yoon Kang -

    Dr Hyo Yoon Kang is a Reader in Law at the University of Kent.

  • Dr Mario Biagioli -

    Dr Mario Biagioli is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Communication, UCLA.

  • Prof Fiona Macmillan -

    Fiona Macmillan is the City of London Professor of Law in the Department of Law at Birkbeck. They will be the Chair of this event.

  • Professor Graham Dutfield -

    Professor Graham Dutfield is a Professor of International Governance, School of Law, University of Leeds.

  • Professor Margherita Colangelo -

    Professor Margherita Colangelo is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Roma Tre.