[Ip-health] (Excerpts) Infojustice Roundup - March 31, 2014

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Mar 31 06:30:58 PDT 2014

Full Roundup, including stories on copyright, is here
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Infojustice Roundup 


Sign-On Letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Urging Challenge
of U.S. Trade Pressures at the WTO


[28 Indian Civil Society Groups and Individuals] We the undersigned
organizations and individuals are writing this letter to urge you to
reject the pressure tactics of the United States (US) administration
against India and to resist and challenge such US unilateral threats at
multilateral forum. The unilateral pressure by US administration on
India, at the behest of US Business Associations lobby through U.S.
International Trade Commission (USITC) investigations and request to
USTR to enlist India under Priority Foreign Country under Special 301
review lacks legitimacy under WTO framework. They are also in conflict
with WTO legal obligations and these unilateral pressure and threat of
sanctions are in violation of legal obligations under WTO framework.
Further these unilateral measures adopted by US to pressure India
undermine the existence of WTO's dispute settlement mechanism. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32547> 


Comments Submitted to USTR on its Public Interest Trade Advisory
Committee Proposal 


*         Representatives Davis and Larsen (Link
<http://infojustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Davis-Larsen.pdf> )

*         Sean Flynn, David Flynn, and Margot Kaminiski (Link
<http://infojustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/PITAC-comment.pdf> )

*         James Love, Knowledge Ecology International (Link
<http://keionline.org/node/1983> )

*         Ellen Shaffer and Joseph Brenner, Center for Policy Analysis
on Trade and Health (Link
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*         Full docket #USTR-2014-0005-0001 on regulations.gov. (Link
<http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USTR-2014-0005-0001> )


New Zealand, Plain Packaging, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership


[Matthew Rimmer] The New Zealand Parliament is considering the adoption
of plain packaging of tobacco products with the introduction of the
Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill 2014
(NZ). There has been strong support for the measure amongst the major
parties - including the National Party; the Maori Party; the Labor
Party; and the Greens. The New Zealand parliamentary debate has
considered matters of public health and tobacco control; the role of
intellectual property law; and the operation of international trade and
investment law. Click here for more.


See also: "Thousands Protest TPPA," in the New Zealand Herald. (Link

Scare Tactics Over Foreign Drugs


[Gabriel Levitt] An Op-Ed appeared in today's New York Times criticizing
the United States Food and Drug Administration's conflation of
counterfeit drugs with legitimate medications imported by Americans
seeking lower prices for their own use. Click here for the full op-ed in
the New York Times.


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