This project seeks to investigate and develop the increasing international debate as to the role played by intellectual property rights, and whether the power now exercised by right owners is inconsistent with encouragement of innovation and diffusion and furthering of knowledge.

Key aspects of the work are considering the impact of intellectual property rights in jurisdictions in the developed world and considering the negotiation and history of the TRIPS agreement, potential opportunities for application of TRIPS and the reaction of the developed world to this, and the impact of this for the developing world and international trade.

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