A multinational cast of industry leaders, policy
makers and leading scholars will gather at the School of Law April
3–4 for a public symposium addressing the legal, medical,
public health and development challenges of fighting the global
Called the NEXUS Symposium, the event is an interdisciplinary forum
on the impact of international patent and trade agreements in the
global fight against HIV and AIDS. Keynote speaker for the symposium
will be Stephen Lewis, United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS
Rollins School of Public Health Dean James Curran, who directs the
Emory Center for AIDS Research, will participate, and he will be
joined by University colleagues Claudia Adkison, executive associate
dean for the School of Medicine; Harold Berman, Robert W. Woodruff
Professor of Law; and Martha Rogers, professor in the Nell Hodgson
Woodruff School of Nursing and director of the Center for Child
Well-Being of the Task Force for Child Survival.
Among the visiting experts will be:
• Alex Coutinho, director, The AIDS Support Organization (TASO)
• Madhu Deshmukh, senior technical advisor, CARE International.
• Julian Fleet, acting chief, Policy and Coordination Unit,
• Peter Lamptey, president, Family Health International Institute
• Robert Lindsay, director, Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.
• Timothy Mastro, deputy director, Global AIDS Program, CDC.
• Ruth Okediji, Edith Gaylord Harper Presidential Professor,
University of Oklahoma College of Law.
• Len Rubenstein, executive director, Physicians for Human
• Raj Shah, chief policy analyst, senior economist, Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation.
• Paul Zeitz, executive director, Global AIDS Alliance.
The symposium will address questions such as:
• Is there a long-range formula for success against HIV/AIDS
in the developing world?
• Will human rights ever trump intellectual property rights?
• How can developing nations encourage the production and
sale of HIV/AIDS drugs
while ensuring these medicines are not used inappropriately or diverted
to other countries?
• In what ways can the global community more effectively enforce
the World Trade Organization’s TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects
of Intellectual Property) agreement?
The event is being organized by the Emory International Law Review
and sponsored by the law school and Care International.
“The combination of prohibitive costs and rigorous drug regimens
often places drug therapies beyond the reach of many developing
nations,” said Peter Fischer, a member of the Emory International
Law Review and symposium chair. “The choices made today regarding
intellectual property rights and duties will undoubtedly help shape
the contours—for better or worse—of the epidemic in
For more information or to register for the symposium, contact the
Emory International Law Review at 404-727-5774, or visit the symposium
web site at www.law.emory.edu/students/eilr/symposium/.