Postgraduate Course: Intellectual Property and Human Rights (LAWS11369)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) affect various aspects of our lives including health, education, agriculture, politics, communications, privacy, and the environment. The globalization of IPRs (especially after its linkage with international trade) in recent decades has equally led to inevitable tensions and conflicts between IPRs and human rights in both developed and developing countries. Historically, the fields of IP and Human Rights evolved independently, but there is now an increasing recognition of the relationship between both fields and this has equally led to debates concerning the proper conceptualization of the relationship between IP and Human Rights.
This course will examine the nature and significance of the relationship between IP and Human Rights. There will be an exploration of the various tensions resulting from the interaction between IP and Human Rights and an examination of how these tensions are being addressed at national, regional, and global levels. In this regard, the module will examine how traditional IPRs (such as patents, copyright and trademarks) interact and impact civil and political rights (such as freedom of expression and privacy) and economic and social rights (such as the rights to health, education, and food). Other forms of IPRs, such as Image Rights and Plant Variety Protection, and how they impact human rights will also be studied. In addition, there will be an analysis of the issues pertaining to indigenous peoples and the protection of their traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions from a human rights perspective.
Sessions will cover the following topics:
* The relationship between IPRs and Human Rights.
* Actors and Norms in the field of IPRs and Human Rights.
* Biotechnology, Patents, and Human Dignity.
* Patent Rights, Public Health, and the Right to Health.
* Patents, Plant Variety Protection, and the Right to Food.
* Copyright and the Right to Education.
* Trademarks, Image Rights, and Human Rights.
* IPRs, Freedom of Expression, and Access to Information.
* IPRs and Privacy.
* Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Knowledge, and Human Rights.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formative Assessment (not included in the final overall mark):
* One mini-essay of up to 500 words (to be submitted in week 3)
* One short essay of up to 1000 words (to be submitted in week 8) - 20% of final mark
* One final essay of up to 4000 words - 80% of final mark
||Feedback for this course will be released via Learn. Any students wishing to discuss their performance in more detail should organise a meeting with the Course Organiser once they have had an opportunity to digest the feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify key actors and norms in the fields of intellectual property (IP) and human rights, and appreciate the nature and significance of the relationship between intellectual property (IP) and human rights.
- Identify and understand the tensions arising between IP and human rights and how those tensions are being addressed at domestic, regional and international levels.
- Critically assess how IP rights may interact with and impact on civil, political, economic and social rights and further issues pertaining to indigenous peoples and the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions from a human rights perspective.
- Be aware of current developments in the field and be able to contribute in an informed manner to ongoing debate.
* Duncan Matthews, Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Development: The Role of NGOs and Social Movements (Edward Elgar, 2011).
* Laurence Helfer and Graeme Austin, Human Rights and Intellectual Property: Mapping the Global Interface (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Paul Torremans (ed) Intellectual Property and Human Rights (Kluwer Law International) 2008.
Willem Grosheide (ed) Intellectual Property and Human Rights: A paradox (Edward Elgar, 2010)
Christophe Geiger (ed) Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property (Edward Elgar 2015)
Laurence Helfer (ed) Intellectual Property and Human Rights (Edward Elgar 2013)
Sarah Joseph Blame it on the WTO? A Human Rights Critique (Oxford University Press 2011)
Aurora Plomer Patents, Human Rights and Access to Science (Edward Elgar 2015)
Bin, Lorenzon and Lucchi (eds) Biotech innovations and Fundamental Rights (Springer 2012)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will develop their skills and abilities in:
* Application of knowledge, skills and understanding, through e.g. development of legal and other critical analysis skills, selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
* Personal and intellectual autonomy, through e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
* Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form, articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of others¿ arguments;
* Personal effectiveness, through e.g. organising personal study and participating in class activities.
|Keywords||intellectual property,human rights
|Course organiser||Dr Emmanuel Kolawole Oke
Tel: (0131 6)51 4586
|Course secretary||Mr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010