Oration: Law's Role in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS

28 October 2010



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More than any other disease, HIV illustrates that law can be both a tool for, and an obstacle to, improved public health. In many developing countries, where the rule of law is often weak, UN agencies argue that the 'enabling legal environment' for the response to HIV is critically important. In June 2010, the UN Development Program announced the formation of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, which will report at the end of 2011.

In this oration, David Patterson, Manager of HIV and Health Law at the International Development Law Organization in Rome, Italy, will critically review the role of law in international responses to HIV. His presentation will identify some immediate challenges, propose ways to address them, and note the implications for other public health challenges in the development context.


Keynote: Mr David Patterson, Manager, HIV & Health Law Program, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Responder: Mr John Rock

Chair: Ms Julie Hamblin


About the Speakers:

David Patterson

David Patterson is a graduate of Sydney University (BSc) and UNSW (LLB). Postgraduate studies include LLM (McGill) and MSc (London).After graduating he joined the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations (AFAO) and edited two editions of the Australian HIV/AIDS Legal Guide. David co-founded the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. In 1993 he interned with the (then) UN Centre for Human Rights in New York City, and later obtained UN ECOSOC consultative status for both the Legal Network and the International Council of AIDS Organizations (ICASO). Since 1994, working with UNDP, UNAIDS, and national and international NGOs,he has supported law and policy reform and implementation in the response to HIV in the Caribbean, East Africa, and South East Asia. Since 2009 he has managed the HIV and Health Law Program at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, Italy. In 2009 he edited the Toolkit: Scaling up HIV-related Legal Services. David is a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.

John Rock

John has lived with HIV for nearly 30 years. An industrial chemist, after a career in international marketing based in London, New York and Sydney, he ran his own consultancy business in marketing for 11 years. In 2000 on the advice of his doctors he closed the business and wanting to give something back for his good fortune in still being alive, commenced voluntary work in HIV - mainly in Asia and the Pacific. He is an Advisor to APN+ (Asia Pacific Network of PLHIV) and is on the Transitional Steering Group (Interim Board) of ITPC (International Treatment Preparedness Coalition). His main focus is assisting positive groups in Asia and the Pacific to advocate for their rights, in particular their right for treatment, care and support. He is also Chair of the Board of AFAP (Australian Foundation for Peoples of Asia and the Pacific) a development NGO based in Sydney.

Julie Hamblin

Julie Hamblinhas worked for more than 20 years in the fields of health law, bioethics and public health. Asa partner in the Health Group of HWL Ebsworth, she advises hospitals, health professionals and other health providers onabroad range of legal and policy issues, including clinical risk, medical negligence, privacy, medical research, health ethics and public health policy.She has also worked extensively on HIV policy internationally, having undertaken consultancy work with the United Nations Development Programme and other UN and non-governmental bodies in more than 20 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Eastern Europe. She has served on many Government bodies and advisory boards, including the Australian National Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Diseases, the National Pituitary Hormones Advisory Council, Central Sydney Area Health Service and the National Institute of Complementary Medicine.


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Time: Registration: 5.30pm. Oration: 6-7.30pm

Location: Sydney Law School, Lecture Theatre 106 (lvl 1), Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free

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