Public Lies and Public Goods: Ten Lessons from when Patents and Pandemics Meet

Date & time
1–2pm Wednesday 28 July 2021

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

Professor Peter Drahos
Ashley Rogge
ANU College of Law Visitor Seminar

Part of the ANU College of Law Visitors Seminar Series series

Peter Drahos

ANU College of Law is delighted to welcome on campus Professor Peter Drahos (ANU RegNet / European University Institute), a highly esteemed professor of intellectual property and theory.

In this seminar, he examines three decades of the history of patents and pandemics that begins with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and TRIPS. This history demonstrates that the patent system is itself a huge source of risk when it comes to managing the risks of pandemics. From this history ten core lessons are extracted. The central message of the paper is that developing countries will have to focus on collaborations among themselves with the aim of building a wide base of rich manufacturing experience in the production of medicines and therapies. They can expect no priority of treatment under the present patent-mediated response to pandemics.

Please register if you intend to join as light catering will be organised.


  • Professor Peter Drahos »

    Peter Drahos was appointed to the European University Institute on 1 September 2017. Prior to that he held positions at the Australian National University, Queen Mary, University of London and the Australian Attorney-General’s Department. Trained in law, politics and philosophy he has published widely on a variety of topics, including the philosophy of intellectual property rights, global governance, regulatory theory, patent law, trade and development, climate change and energy governance, and the protection of indigenous peoples’ knowledge.

    Research interests

    • Intellectual property law
    • Regulatory and governance theory
    • Trade negotiations
    • International business regulation
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