Law School Hosting Daylong AIDS Symposium
By Allison Thompson, University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- More than two decades after AIDS first
appeared, the disease has grown into a full-blown epidemic with
millions of people infected and researchers still seeking a
On Monday, Dec. 3, the University of Connecticut School of Law,
55 Elizabeth St., will host a daylong symposium, The Global
AIDS Crisis: Human Rights, International Pharmaceutical Markets,
and Intellectual Property, during which more than a dozen
researchers, lawyers and academics will discuss the legal and
medical issues related to the disease.
"The international AIDS crisis has taken center stage in
the world arena in recent months as governments, private
corporations and non-governmental organizations have grappled with
ways to combat this growing epidemic," says Rachel Krinsky,
symposium editor for the Connecticut Journal of International
Law, the primary sponsor of the event. "This symposium
will bring together scholars, governmental representatives,
activists and leaders from private industry to explore both the
practical and conceptual issues raised by this crisis."
After welcoming remarks, the first panel of experts will discuss
intellectual property rights, AIDS drugs and human rights from 9 to
10:30 a.m. From 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., a second panel will
discuss intellectual property rights as they relate to AIDS drugs
and the global divide.
At 12:30 p.m., Ochoro E. Otunnu will deliver the day's
keynote address. Otunnu is the co-founder and executive director of
Africa AIDS Initiative, a New York-based organization which was
founded to raise public awareness about HIV and AIDS in Africa.
From 2:30 to 5 p.m., the third and final panel will explore the
changing role of countries and non-state organizations in the wake
of AIDS drugs access decisions in South Africa and Brazil, two of
the countries most seriously impacted by the AIDS epidemic.
"This symposium will be at the leading edge of thinking
about how issues of global trade and intellectual property
intersect with international human rights law," Krinsky says.
"Our approach takes as its premise that it is only through an
examination of this issue from varied and diverse perspectives that
practical, workable solutions will emerge."
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