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Roundtable on Clinical Trials and Access to Essential Medicines in African Countries


October 29-30, 2015

International Roundtable on Clinical Trials
and Access to Essential Medicines in African Countries

October 29-30, 2015

Maryland Carey Law
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

An international group of legal scholars and medical researchers will examine ethical and legal challenges to developing and distributing essential medicines in African countries.

The program, which is co-sponsored by the Law & Health Care and International and Comparative Law Programs at Maryland Carey Law, along with the Faculty of Law at Chancellor College in Malawi will focus on four topics:

  • Access to essential medicines as a human right
  • The law and ethics of clinical trials: what rules should govern clinical research in Africa?
  • What do clinical researchers and sponsors owe to host communities?
  • Legal regimes and obstacles: free trade, intellectual property, and access to medicine

In addition to Maryland Carey Law faculty, panelists include:

  • Chikosa Banda, faculty of Law, University of Malawi Chancellor College of Law
  • Mark Barnes, partner, Ropes & Gray, LLP
  • Danwood Chirwa, professor, University of Cape Town Law Faculty
  • Sean Flynn, associate director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual property, Amercian University Washington College of Law
  • Lisa Forman, assistant professor, University of Toronto
  • Heinz Klug, professor and director, Global Legal Studies Center, University of Wisconsin
  • Miriam Laufer, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Joseph Mfutso-Bengo, professor of Bioethics and director of the Centre for Bioethics, University of Malawi College of Medicine
  • Victor Mwapasa, associate professor, University of Malawi College of Medicine
  • Seema Shah, faculty bioethicist, NIH
  • Hilda Kaluwa Soko, law lecturer, University of Malawi Chancellor College of Law
  • David Wendler, senior investigator and head of the Section on Research Ethics, NIH
  • Lucie White, professor, Harvard Law School

With generous support from:

  • University of Maryland Baltimore Center for Global Education Initiatives
  • Alan & Nancy Eason
  • The Stuart Rome Lecture Fund
  • The Reuben Shiling Mental Health Law Fund
  • The Leonard C. Homer/Ober|Kaler Law and Health Care Fund
  • The Dr. Richard H. Heller Fund

This roundtable is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Virginia Rowthorn, managing director of the Law and Health Care Program.


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