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Philanthropy is increasingly a topic of keen interest to individuals and companies alike, particularly in
Geneva, a canton with a long tradition of giving. Proactive thinking about the framework conditions
conducive to philanthropic initiatives can only benefit such momentum. For this reason, in line with
the actions already engaged by SwissFoundations, the Canton of Geneva and Fondation Lombard
Odier, the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva launches a Philanthropy series.
Initiated under the impulse of Professor Xavier Oberson and Professor Henry Peter, the Philanthropy
series is comprised of four conferences throughout the university year 2014-15. The objective of these
half-day sessions is to debate different aspects of philanthropy from an academic standpoint, with a
view to providing policy makers and practitioners with concrete recommendations.
#2 Philanthropy and Art Law
Art donations to museums: Comparative
perspectives and recommendations for Switzerland
Moderated by Professor Marc-André Renold | 29 January, 2015
#3 Philanthropy and Intellectual Property
Access to drugs for developing countries
Moderated by Professor Jacques de Werra | 13 March, 2015
#4 Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility
Utopia, duty or opportunity?
Moderated by Professor Henry Peter | 28 May, 2015
Crédit Photo: Matthieu Ricard. Népal, 2005
#1 Philanthropy and Taxation
Comparative perspectives, cross border issues
and recommendations for Switzerland
Moderated by Professor Xavier Oberson | 2 October, 2014
#3 Philanthropy and Intellectual Property
Access to drugs for developing countries
Moderated by Jacques de Werra
Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
Friday, 13 March, 2015 | 9:00 - 12:00
Uni Mail, room R290
Under the chairmanship of Professor Jacques de Werra, a panel of experts coming from
leading institutions (including international organizations, research foundations and the
pharmaceutical industry) will discuss the topic of philanthropy and intellectual property
from the perspective of access to drugs for developing countries: how can intellectual
property (in particular patents) be used for a philanthropic purpose? Presentations by the
panelists will be followed by a debate and a discussion on various aspects of this challenging
topic, such as trends and good practices.
Peter Beyer, Senior Advisor, Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, World Health Organization
Esteban Burrone, Head of Policy, Medicines Patent Pool
Yuan Qiong Hu, Legal & Policy Advisor, Access Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières
Anatole Krattiger, Director, Global Challenges Division, World Intellectual Property Organization
Bernard Pecoul, Executive Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)
Corey Salsberg, Head International IP Policy, Novartis International AG
Moderator: Jacques de Werra, Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva
Welcome address and introduction
Presentations by the panelists
Coffee break
Debate and discussion
Presentations in English, no translation provided.
Registration required before Tuesday, 3 March 2015 at
University of Geneva, Unimail, Room R290
Boulevard du Pont d’Arve 40, 1205 Geneva