The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health (IIGH) invites you to join us for “An Intimate Conversation with Anand Grover: How Can We Achieve the Highest Attainable Standard of Health Even in the Face of Democratic Recession?” on Monday, November 6, 2023 at 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm ET.


Anand Grover, designated Senior Advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India, is the Director of the HIV/AIDS Unit of Lawyer’s Collective (India), and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2008-2014). In his regular practice, Grover has argued several landmark cases in the field of public interest and human rights law, including mass eviction cases (Olga Tellis & Ors v. Bombay Municipal Council), environmental cases (the Bhopal Gas Disaster case), and LGBT rights (Naz Foundation case). Grover has also done innovative work in the field of patent law, opposing the grant of patents for essential life-saving drugs. He successfully argued the first constitutional challenge to Section 3(d) of the Patents Act, 1970 on behalf of the Cancer Patient Aid Association in Novartis v. Union of India, the patent linkage case of Bayer v. Union of India and successfully defended against a challenge to the compulsory license issued for the manufacture of a kidney-cancer drug in Bayer v. Natco. During his time as the UN Special Rapporteur he focused his reports to promote non-discrimination, empower vulnerable groups and ensure meaningful participation of affected communities.


With due attention to the United States, India and other democratic governments, this dialogue will explore the many facets needed to achieve the highest attainable standard of health in a time of democratic recession and deteriorating liberal court systems with specific attention to the impacts of COVID-19 and access to medicines. 


Grover will bring important reflections, experience, and hope for the future of health and human rights. 


This conversation will be moderated by IIGH Policy Director Jonathan Cohen with opening remarks by IIGH Director Sofia Gruskin.

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