Ilan Vertinsky explores the ways China interprets its international obligations to support the rights of its people to health and affordable basic medicines. He will discuss the various policies introduced to achieve the affordable medicine objectives and examine their effectiveness. He will then examine the apparent conflict between these objectives and China’s obligations under the World Trade Organization agreement, Trade-Related Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to protect intellectual property and explore the extent to which China utilizes available TRIPS flexibilities. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the political economy of the pharmaceutical sector explaining the dynamics of coordinated compliance in the supply of affordable medicines.


Ilan Vertinsky is Professor at the Institute for Asian Research, the Institute of Resources, Environment & Sustainability, and the Sauder School of Business. A common focus of his research to date has been the intersection of uncertainty, resilience, and environmental discontinuities. His research interests include Decision Theory and Corporate Strategy, Resource and Forest Management, International Business and the Pacific Rim, Political Evaluation of Policy.

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Park, I. Vertinsky and Lee, Korean International Joint Ventures (Accepted January 2012); How the Exchange Climate Affects Tacit Knowledge Transfer from Foreign Parents,  Marketing International Review. [Link]

I. Vertinsky, O. Branzei and M. Nakamura (January 2011), Learning in collaborative R&D When Multinationality Matters, Asian Business and Management Journal, 10, 9-36. [Link]

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