A Tale of Two Worlds: The Political Economy of Pharmaceuticals
Tahir Amin

5 April 2022, 7 pm (CET)

Tahir Amin, LL.B., Dip. LP., is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property (IP) law. He practiced as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales with two of the leading IP firms in the United Kingdom, and served as in-house global IP counsel for multinational corporations. In 2004, Amin left private legal practice and moved to Bangalore, India, where he was instrumental to the passage of a health-friendly patent law. That process led him to eventually co-found I-MAK with the express purpose of re-shaping intellectual property laws and the political economy of 'innovation' to better serve the public interest by changing the structural power dynamics that allow health and economic inequities to persist. He has served as legal advisor/consultant to many groups, including the European Patent Office, United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organisation, UNITAID and GAVI as well as being a resource to members of the U.S Congress on the role of IP in rising drug prices. He is a former Harvard Medical School Fellow in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and was a 2009 TED Fellow.

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