[Ip-health] Press Briefing: On Eve of New Trade Negotiations, Experts Sound Alarm on AIDS, Tobacco, Libraries, and Internet

Matthew Kavanagh matthew at healthgap.org
Tue Aug 23 15:09:39 PDT 2011

PUBLIC CITIZEN * HEALTH GAP (Global Access Project) 

Aug. 23, 2011 

Contacts: Matthew Kavanagh, matthew at healthgap.org, +1 202-486-2488

Peter Maybarduk, pmaybarduk at citizen.org, +1 202-390-5375

Sean Flynn, sflynn at wcl.american.edu, +1 202-274-4157


 Press Briefing: On Eve of New Trade Negotiations, Experts Sound Alarm on Trans-Pacific Partnership

webcast at: http://infojustice.org/public-events/global-congress/plenary-webcast

In Advance of Nine-Country Negotiations in September, Experts to Address AIDS Drugs, Tobacco Packaging and Libraries’ Access to the Internet

WHAT:             Press briefing in which experts gathered from around the world for the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest will express their alarm at the breathtaking scope of proposals put forward in negotiations for the nine-country Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPPA) convening Sept. 6 in Chicago.  The scope of the TPPA being negotiated by the Obama administration would have major impacts on:

·      AIDS drugs: Expanded intellectual property barriers to affordable medicines would limit AIDS and disease treatment in many countries.

·      Tobacco packaging: Just as the Obama administration defends Food and Drug Administration regulations requiring new warnings on packages, the TPPA could allow companies to sue governments for regulating tobacco.

·      Libraries and Internet privacy: Elements of the deal could limit Internet freedom and privacy, which has librarians and Internet service providers concerned about the ability to offer access to information.

Note: The event will also be webcast. Call the numbers listed above for a link. 

WHEN:             11 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 25

WHERE:             American University Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Room 603 

WHO:                        Presenters

Peter Maybarduk, director of Access to Medicines Program, Public Citizen

Matthew Kavanagh, director of U.S. Advocacy, Health GAP (Global Access Project)

Matthew Porterfield, senior fellow and adjunct professor of law, Georgetown University

Jonathan Band, attorney, Policy Bandwidth

Experts also available for comment:

Kimberlee Weatherall, senior lecturer, School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia

Judit Rius, Access to Medicines campaign manager, Doctors Without


John Bergmayer, staff attorney, Public Knowledge 


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