Comparative Law Conversation: Revising the Access to Medicine Debate in the COVID-19 Era

March 14, 2021 SDR 0 Comments

What role do patents play in determining global access to the COVID-19 vaccine? 

This live panel discussion compared the approach of India and the United States, the world’s two largest democracies, to patents and public health. The session explored the implications of the pandemic to the ongoing access to medicines debate and fell on the sidelines of the TRIPS Council deliberations on India’s proposal for a waiver of TRIPS provisions for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Society for Democratic Rights co-hosted this event with Georgetown University Law Center, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Georgetown’s Institute for Technology Law and Policy.


  • Justice Ms. Prathiba M. Singh, Judge, Delhi High Court
  • Matthew M. Kavanagh, Director, Global Health Policy and Politics Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Moderator: Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs, Georgetown Law

Watch the recording of the event here: