[Ip-health] Panel discussion on “TRIPS Waiver Proposal – State of play and Way forward”

K.M. Gopakumar kumargopakm at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 03:16:05 PST 2020

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please join us on *Friday, 18th December 2020,* for a panel discussion on

*“TRIPS Waiver Proposal – State of play and Way forward”.*

*7.30 PM IST *| *3.00 PM CET*

Register for the event at bit.ly/nfsi4-TRIPS

Co-Organized by Chinmaya Viswavidyapeeth, National Law University Delhi
(NLUD), Inter-University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS), CUSAT & Third
World Network (TWN).

Access to medicine and medical technologies has been a recurring concern of
the world. One of the major reasons for inaccessibility is the existence of
the global IP regime enforced through the TRIPS agreement. In response to
the current COVID19 crisis India, South Africa, Kenya and Estwani countries
approached the TRIPS council to waive obligations regarding the protection
and enforcement of certain IP rights to enable the fight against the
pandemic. While many developed countries expressed their scepticism on the
proposal it obtained wide support from WTO member countries, international
organizations like WHO and UNAIDS, academia and social movements. Further
deliberation on the proposal is going to take place in the TRIPS Council
and General Counsel of WTO. Against this background, under the aegis of the
4ths International Conference on New Frontiers in Sanskrit and Indic
Knowledge, Chinmaya Viswavidyapeeth, along with NLUD, IUCIPRS & TWN is
organizing a panel discussion to understand the imperativeness of the
waiver proposal.

A few words about the conference, New Frontiers in Sanskrit and Indic
Knowledge is the flagship annual International Conference organized by
Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. This year in its 4ths edition, the conference is
themed on ‘Law, Public Policy and Governance’ exploring and evaluating the
Indian public policy and contemporary jurisprudence from the perspective of
an indigenous. The conference is supported by the Indian Council of
Historical Research, New Delhi.


*1.      **Shri. Mustaqeem de Gama*,

Counsellor, South Africa WTO Mission

*2.      **Dr HU Yuan Qiong*, PhD

Policy Co-coordinator | Senior Legal & Policy Advisor

Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign

*3.      **Prof Dr Biswajith Dhar, *

Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, JNU &

Former Member of the Board of Trade


*KM Gopakumar*,

Legal Advisor & Senior Researcher, Third World Network

*Opening Remarks*

*Prof Yogesh Pai*,

Professor of Law,

National Law University Delhi &

Associate Rapporteur, NFSI

Thank you for your time. We hope you would join our event and make it a

*N.B. PFA the poster for the event.*
For Organizers
Sreenath Namboodiri
Assistant Professor,
School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems
Chinmaya University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions.

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