The strategic use of ethical arguments in international patent lawmaking

Authors: Morin, Jean-Frédéric
Abstract: Due to scientific uncertainties and political problems, policymakers rely on socially constructed norms when drafting what they hope to be an efficient patent system. At the international level, ethical discourse is often used by stakeholders to promote their favoured norms and thus causing a "rhetorical war" in the international patent regime. This article introduces the evolution of key discourses in the history of the international patent regime, especially in regard to the biodiversity and the access to medicines debates. It leads to concluding remarks on the effectiveness of some discourses over others in framing international patent debates.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 September 2008
Open Access Date: 9 June 2017
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 3 (2), 503–534 (2008)
National Taiwan University Press
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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