Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Review
On August 17, 2000, the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (the Sub- Commission) adopted Resolution 2000/7, entitled Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights .1 This resolution signified the Sub-Commission s belief that international intellectual property regimes were not adequately accounting for human rights norms.2 Resolution 2000/7 called on U.N. Member States, intergovernmental bodies, and various U.N. entities to reaffirm their commitments toward the achievement of international human rights norms, adopt a human rights approach to the development of international intellectual property regimes, and further study the interaction between intellectual property protection and human rights.3
David Weissbrodt and Kell Schoff, Human Rights Approach to Intellectual Property Protection: The Genesis and Application of Sub-Commission Resolution 2000/7, 5 Minn. Intell. Prop. Rev. 1 (2003), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/259.