Thomas Pogge to Discuss “The Health-Impact Fund: How to Make New Medicines Accessible to All,” November 18, 2010

Yale University Professor of Philosophy Thomas Pogge will lead a workshop discussion on his paper, “TRIPS, Human Rights, and the Health Impact Fund,” on Thursday, November 18, 2010, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in TNH 3.124 at the University of Texas School of Law.

The workshop is cosponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the University of Texas’s Law & Philosophy Program. It is free and open to the public.

Pogge is the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University. His research focuses on theoretical approaches to international justice, particularly economic and social justice. He is also conducting research under a European Union Seventh Framework Grant (2008–2011) called “Pharma Innovation Innova-P2.” The grant supports an international collaboration of seven partner institutions working toward fully developing and specifying the Health Impact Fund as a complement to the patent system for pharmaceuticals. His most recent publications include Politics as Usual: What Lies behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric (Polity Press 2010); Kant, Rawls, and Global Justice (in Chinese, Shanghai Translation Publishing House 2010); and World Poverty and Human Rights: Cosmopolitan Responsibilities and Reforms (Polity Press, second edition, 2008). He is also the research director of the Center for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo, a member of the Scientific Committee of the Comparative Research Program on Poverty, and an editor of numerous journals and other publications, including the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

More information on Pogge can be found on the Rapoport Center website. If you would like a copy of the paper upon which the discussion is based, please contact Sarah Cline at


Sarah Cline, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 512-232-4857,

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