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There are more than eighty international agreements and many additional programmes dealing with technology transfer. Moreover, several international conventions require that aid programs, both to address acute emergencies and to assist in the longer-term building of viable infrastructures, be undertaken in specific and concrete ways.
However, problems inevitably arise when good intentions are put to the test, particularly in connection with rights to the ownership of intellectual property assets. Some even claim that it is only when IPRs are respected that sustainable support can be expected.
To examine the existing status of international law in this important area – and to offer recommendations for potential improvements and solutions – the Faculty of Law of Lund University hosted a conference in Vietnam in October 2010 on the subject of sustainable technology transfer from developed countries to developing countries. Focusing on the legal problems which sustainable technology transfer may give rise to and how they may be addressed – and with emphasis on health, environment, energy, and climate change – this book summarizes the most important findings of that conference.
Twelve penetrating essays by fourteen distinguished European, American, and Asian legal scholars address the questions of what is required to satisfy existing international obligations and to what extent developing countries may use flexibilities in international conventions to advance their own development.
The book concludes with a view from a developing country perspective and forwardlooking statements issuing from a heightened awareness of the role that technology transfer might play, if properly deployed, in the development of the disadvantaged countries of the world.
Although few will argue with the Millennium Development Declaration’s affirmation that those who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most, disagreement continues over crucial details such as how technology transfer should take place and the role of the law in facilitating it.
This book goes a long way toward removing persistent obstacles that block the goal of closing the technology gap, and as such it will be welcomed and studied by interested parties worldwide.