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David Patterson

Distinguished Visitor


Selected Active Projects

David Patterson has advised governments and civil society organizations on legal aspects of health and development, with a focus on HIV, since 1994.

Working with UNDP, UNAIDS, and national and international NGOs, Mr. Patterson has supported law and policy reform and implementation in the response to HIV in the Caribbean, East Africa, and South East Asia. In 2000 he co-chaired the first scientific track focussing on human rights at an international AIDS conference, in Durban, South Africa. He is a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. His interests include monitoring and evaluation of international development programs, and engaging the legal profession in international development.

Since 2009, Mr. Patterson has managed the Health Law Program at IDLO. He has expanded the focus from HIV to include intellectual property law and access to medicines, and legal aspects of non-communicable diseases and other public health issues. David Patterson is a graduate of Sydney University (BSc) and the University of NSW (LLB). Postgraduate studies include LLM (McGill), MSc (London) and a Certificate in Community Health from the University of Montreal.