QUT Faculty of Law and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
in conjunction with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor present


Drugs, Law and the Global Health Crisis

by Professor Terry Fisher
Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard University and
Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Each year, nine million people die needlessly from infectious disease in developing countries. Among the causes of this annual Holocaust are that too few vaccines and drugs that would prevent or cure those diseases are being developed, and that the existing drugs are typically priced at levels that place them out of the reach of most developing-country residents. Those problems are, in turn, partly the result of poorly constructed laws. This lecture will examine the crisis and propose several ways in which the legal system could be modified to alleviate it.

Chaired by the Hon Justice Paul de Jersey, AC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland

5.30 – 6.30 pm, Thursday 8 March @ Banco Court, Level 2, Supreme Court Building, Brisbane Court Complex, 304 George Street, Brisbane followed by a reception @ Rare Books Precinct (attached to Banco Ct) until 8:00pm

Dr.Professor Fisher received his undergraduate degree (in American Studies) from Amherst College and his graduate degrees (JD and PhD in the History of American Civilization) from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984 he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC.Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Since 1984, he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he is currently the Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His academic honors include a Danforth Postbaccalaureate Fellowship (1978-1982) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California (1992-1993).


Open to the public but registration of attendence is required.
Please RSVP by 23 February to Elliott Bledsoe.
Drinks and nibblies will be served after each lecture.

Both lectures are proudly hosted by QUT’s Intellectual Property: Knowledge, Culture and Economy research program
and Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Program Director
Please also consider Professor Fisher’s other public lecture Copyright and the Future of Entertainment proudly co-hosted by the State Library of Queensland