Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Law (SJD)



First Advisor

Professor Christopher N. Okeke

Second Advisor

Professor Sompong Sucharitkul

Third Advisor

Professor Sophie Clavier


Examining the problem of realizing the right to health in accessible and affordable pharmaceutical product, this dissertation begins with the legal personality of the actors involved in the realization of the right to health. Chapter 2 further explores the uniqueness of pharmaceutical products and development of the pharmaceutical industry. Chapter 3 describes the development of intellectual property protection on pharmaceutical products. Chapter 4 then focuses on the international human rights development of the right to health and discusses the relationship of the right to health to accessible and affordable pharmaceutical products. Chapter 5 describes in greater detail the responsibility and accountability of the right and how international law should adapt to the global world. Lastly, Chapter 6 returns to the problem of the international human right to health and proposes a resolution to balance the interests.


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