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In an August 11 article in The Age Elizabeth Brumby (@LizBrumby) outlines two lectures on health and human rights from the Honorable Michael Kirby, a former justice of the High Court of Australia and a member of the Health and Human Rights editorial board. In the first – the Jonathan Mann memorial lecture at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne – Kirby discussed the negative effects of punitive laws on people living with HIV and AIDS, stressing that “law and policy must be made part of the solution and not part of the problem for AIDS.” The second lecture, a public event at the University of Melbourne, focused on how “the law affects the spread of HIV/AIDS by marginalizing vulnerable groups.” Brumby notes that Kirby also highlighted the need to change international intellectual property law to ensure that those living with HIV/AIDS can access medicines.
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