Historical landscape of the intersection of human rights and intellectual property

IP has a short history for some attributes of which to be recognised as human rights. IP and human rights have different normative foundations and have developed in isolation. In the last few years, however, a great deal of literatures has discussed IP in terms of human rights.

The intersection between HRs and IPRs can be traced by examining drafting history of UDHR and ICESCR, which aims at moving forward by looking back. By inspecting preparatory works of the international source of law for the right to science and culture, we may re-contextualise the right codified more than half a century ago and provide an insight on its contemporary implications.

  • Emergence of the right to science and culture in UDHR and ICESCR
    • UHDR and its drafting history of the right to science and culture
    • ICESCR and drafting history of the right to science and culture
    • Lessons from the drafting history of UDHR and ICESCR
  • Long period of ignorance
  • Debating on conflict or non-conflict between IP and human rights
  • Co-existence or reconciliation approach

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