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ICLQ Annual Lecture 2022 (In Person Participation)

Date: 4th April 2022

Time: 18.00 - 19.30 (registration from 17.30)
Followed by a Reception

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, LONDON, WC1B 5JP

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Event Details

This year's ICLQ Annual Lecture will be given by Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner and Dr Michelle Rourke and is based on their article 'Arguments Against the Inequitable Distribution of Vaccines Using the Access and Benefit Sharing Transaction'.

This highly topical article tackles the inequitable distribution of vaccines throughout the world from a global health law perspective. It shines a light on 'Access and Benefit Sharing', a transactional mechanism that allows States to trade access to pathogen samples in exchange for vaccines. The authors persuasively argue that the ABS mechanism undermines the human right to health because it makes that right a commodity to be bought. Rather, they argue, the provision of pathogen samples to the global research commons and the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines should be two parallel public goods to be pursued as goals in and of themselves.

The event, chaired by Professor Sir Malcolm Evans, will also provide the opportunity to present this year's Early Career Prize to Ms Rebecca Barber, for her article 'An Exploration of the General Assembly's Troubled Relationship with Unilateral Sanctions'. Ms Barber will present her article and her wider research in conversation with Professor Evans, and will be given a certificate along with £250 worth of Cambridge University Press books of her choice.

 Event convened by Anthony Wenton,  ICLQ Managing Editor

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Professor Sir Malcolm Evans OBE KCMG, ICLQ Editor in Chief


  • Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner, Senior Lecturer in Global Health Law, King's College London
  • Dr Michelle Rourke, CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellow, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University
  • Ms Rebecca Barber, Researcher, Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland; PhD candidate, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland


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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 2 CPD hours.


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