PIIPA Presents Groundbreaking New Book!

Intellectual Property and Human Development
Current Trends and Future Scenarios


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Cambridge University Press!
(ISBN-13: 9780521190930)

Prepared by PIIPA’s global team of IP professionals and partners in human development, this book examines the social impact of intellectual  property laws as they relate to health, food security, education, new technologies, preservation of bio-cultural heritage, and contemporary challenges in promoting the arts. It explores how intellectual property frameworks could be better calibrated to meet socioeconomic needs in countries at different stages of development, with local contexts and culture in mind.

Scenarios for the future are discussed. A resource for policy-makers, stakeholders, non-profits, and students, this volume highlights alternative modes of innovation that are emerging to address such diverse challenges as neglected or resurgent diseases in developing countries and the harnessing of creative possibilities on the Internet. The chapters emphasize not only fair access by individuals and communities to intellectual property – protected material, whether a cure, a crop variety, clean technology, a textbook, or a tune – but also the enhancement of their own capabilities in cultural participation and innovation.  

  • Presents balanced coverage on a range of key topics related to IP and human development all in one volume.
  • Combines textbook IP theory, perspectives from legal practice, and social science critiques; addresses not only current issues in IP and human development, but also future scenarios and viable solutions.
  • Combines the inputs of experts from academia, practice and the international/NGO sector – from multiple regions and disciplines - in co-authored articles reflecting diverse view-points.

Contents and Overview (doc) (pdf)
Editors and Contributors (doc) (pdf)
by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (doc) (pdf)
by Michael A. Gollin (doc) (pdf)
Acknowledgements [Donor and partner support]
(doc) (pdf)


  1. Intellectual property through the lens of human development, by Tzen Wong (doc) (pdf)
  2. Intellectual property and medicine: Towards global health equity, by Claudia Chamas, Ben Prickril and Joshua D. Sarnoff (doc) (pdf)
  3. Food security and intellectual property rights: Finding the linkages, by Hans Morten Haugen, Manuel Ruiz Muller and Savita Mullapudi Narasimhan (doc) (pdf)
  4. Trends and scenarios in the legal protection of traditional knowledge, by Charles McManis and Yolanda Terán (doc) (pdf)
  5. Traditional cultural expressions: Preservation and innovation, by Tzen Wong and Claudia Fernandini (doc) (pdf)
  6. Copyright and capability for education: An approach ‘from below’, by Margaret Chon (doc) (pdf)
  7. Knowledge and education: Pro-access implications of new technologies, by Dalindyebo Shabalala (doc) (pdf)
  8. Cultural diversity and the arts: Contemporary challenges for copyright law, by Tzen Wong, Molly Torsen and Claudia Fernandini (doc) (pdf)
  9. Scenario planning on the future of intellectual property: Literature review and implications for human development, by Michael A. Gollin, Gwen Hinze and Tzen Wong (doc) (pdf)


Appendix A. Capability, opulence and utility (doc) (pdf)
Appendix B. Exploring alternative, collaborative models of innovation for medicines and vaccines (doc) (pdf)
Appendix C. Strategies and laws to promote traditional medicinal knowledge (doc) (pdf)
Appendix D. Educational use exceptions to copyright: A comparison among selected jurisdictions (doc) (pdf)
Appendix E. Copyright and contemporary art: A case study (doc) (pdf)

Acronyms and Abbreviations (doc) (pdf)

Produced by PIIPA

Published by Cambridge University Press

Edited by: Tzen Wong, PIIPA and Graham Dutfield, University of Leeds



  • Claudia Chamas
  • Margaret Chon
  • Graham Dutfield
  • Claudia Fernandini
  • Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
  • Michael Gollin
  • Gwen Hinze
  • Charles McManis
  • Hans Morten Haugen
  • Savita Mullapudi Narasimhan
  • Ben Prickril
  • Manuel Ruiz
  • Joshua Sarnoff
  • Dalindyebo Shabalala
  • Yolanda Terán
  • Molly Torsen
  • Tzen Wong 

Research Team: 

  • Claire Comfort (Assistant Editor)
  • Robyn Tan (Assistant Editor)
  • Sarah Coleman
  • Marybeth Grunstra
  • Sarah Gurfein
  • Sharon Low
  • Therese Norton
  • Dhruv Paul
  • Alexandra Suryakristianto
  • Claudia Trezza
  • Nancy Yamashiro



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"This is the single best book so far on the rich interplay between intellectual property and human development. It should be a  must-read for anyone wishing to be meaningfully engaged in the increasingly relevant debate on IP and development."

- Anatole Krattiger Adjunct Professor, Cornell University and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

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“The emphasis on policy reform transcending a simplistic economic cost-benefit analysis by giving appropriate weight to the social and cultural aspects of IP and development constitute a welcoming contribution by the authors.”

- Pedro Roffe, Senior Fellow International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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"This book takes up many of the critical issues concerning the future of intellectual property (IP) regimes in a globalized economy. By bringing a human development perspective to the analyses of the costs and benefits of IP, this collection underscoresnot only the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in this area, but also the need to think innovatively about “communal” formsof innovation. This effort by the Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) will becomean important point of reference forall those interested in analyzing how IP can become an effective tool for human development."

 - Carlos A. Primo Braga, Director, Economic Policy and Debt, The World Bank

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"Where the dominant economic approach to intellectual property law concentrates nearly exclusively on promoting the production of more things, the contributors to this book take a broader, human development approach and ask how intellectual property laws today thwart the realization of basic human capabilities, from the right to health and education to the ability to enjoy cultural life with others. The theoretical framework applied here seeks both to broaden our understanding of the connections between intellectual property and development, and to harness this law to promote, not hinder, human freedom. This book is required reading for all who care about intellectual property and global justice in the 21st century."

-Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis

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