Normative consideration of A2K in the space between intellectual property and human rights

Baxi, Mili Joy (2024) Normative consideration of A2K in the space between intellectual property and human rights. Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 29 (2). ISSN 0971-7544 | 0975-1076

[thumbnail of IPR-42+corrected+proof.pdf] Text
IPR-42+corrected+proof.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (211kB)


In the long-running tensions between Human Rights Law (HRL) and Intellectual Property Rights Law (IPR), the author
is introducing the conceptual placement of Access to knowledge (A2K) movements. Access to knowledge (A2K) is the ‘new
politics of intellectual property’ that seeks to fundamentally realign and reform intellectual property law. It is difficult to draw a commonality between an activist protesting for waiving patents on HIV+ medicine and Covid-19 vaccines and a subsistence farmer or a software programmer. A2K politics offers a perfect balance of freedom and control that the IP and HR debate are trying to find. This analysis is relevant because it seeks to investigate two conceptions; one is to understand the relevance of the access to knowledge movements in the IPR - Human rights debate. There is no clear discussion wherein normative examination of this kind has been undertaken. Second is, viewing the solutions to human rights issues caused by IP or caused to due scarcity or governance issues, resolved through IP. Although the concept draws from existing debates, it departs on some conceptual level from the available framework on IP and human rights.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Access to Knowledge | Intellectual Property Law | Human Rights Law
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2024 07:36
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 07:36
Official URL:


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item
View Item