WTO Public Forum 2021 Working Session: The Future of the TRIPS Agreement Post COVID-19

Working Session at the WTO Public Forum 2021: The Future of the TRIPS Agreement Post COVID-19

Wednesday, 29 September 2021
16h30 –17h30 CET

Disciplines on intellectual property protection are part of the multilateral trade system through the WTO TRIPS Agreement. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to bear again the tension between the protection of intellectual property rights and public health, which had been addressed in 2001 through the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public health. Having in view the TRIPS flexibilities, this session will discuss the role of interpretation, temporary waivers and amendments in dealing with such tension and what further actions could be taken under the WTO rules in order to promote access to medical products for all.

Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, and Spanish.


Prof. Carlos M. Correa, South Centre, Geneva

Prof. Hyo Yoon Kang, University of Kent, UK

Dr. Yuan Qiong Hu, MSF Access Campaign, Geneva

Dr. Dean Baker, Center for Economic Policy & Research, Washington DC


Dr. Viviana Muñoz-Tellez (South Centre)

Watch the recording here.



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