Tag: Public Health
September 20, 2013 – Maria Parra-Orlandoni
In the Spring 2013 semester, LIDS completed a project entitled “Public Health and Food Advertising to Children” under the supervision of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe with Instituto Alana and ANDI as clients. Instituto Alana, a non-profit dedicated to children in Brazil, has been focusing on addressing serious public health issues that impact children as a result of development. ANDI is a news agency for children’s rights that is one of the leading NGOs in Latin America working at the intersection of media and development.
A team of LIDS students, led by Maria Parra-Orlandoni and Edgardo Perez, analyzed food marketing to children, focusing on regulating advertising to children for foods with high levels of salt, fats, and sugars, as well as beverages with low nutritional content. The team conducted comparative research to examine the self-regulation initiatives as compared to government regulation initiatives in an effort to identify the most effective policies for addressing Brazil’s nutritional issues and obesity epidemic that affects 15-30% of the children in Brazil.
Instituto Alana reported a summary of the LIDS team’s major findings in a recent blog post. Some excerpts of the post are translated to English below:
“The [LIDS] researchers conclude that the existence of a legal system that empowers underlying supervision and compliance … Read More »
Event Date: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Event Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Event Location: Wasserstein Hall Room B015, Harvard Law School
Mr. V. Lakshmikumaran is the founder and managing partner of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S). L&S is one of India’s elite law firms, serving several Fortune 500 and top Indian companies in international trade, tax, intellectual property, and corporate matters. Chambers Asia Pacific recently declared several L&S’s practices to be in the top-tier and exclaimed that Mr. Lakshmikumaran “possesses a virtual monopoly when it comes to indirect tax litigation” in India. Besides corporate and tax matters, L&S handles high-profile intellectual property (IP) cases and has been retained by the Indian government to argue several cases on its behalf before the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Mr. Lakshmikumaran’s talk will focus on India’s compulsory licensing regime, which can be used to mandate that an IP holder license its IP right to another company or individual for a fee. In 2012, India’s government first exercised its power to issue a compulsory license, allowing a generic pharmaceutical company, Natco, to manufacture a version of the cancer-fighting drug, Nexavar, developed by Bayer, after finding, among others, the branded drug to be cost-prohibitive for India. This action is being closely watched worldwide because of … Read More »
September 4, 2013 – Maria Parra-Orlandoni
Isabella Henriques, director of Brazilian NGO Instituto Alana, and Veet Vivarta from Brazilian NGO Brazilian News Agency for Children’s Rights (ANDI) have just edited and released a book entitled Food Advertising and Children – Regulation in Brazil and the World (Publicidade de alimentos e crianças: regulação no Brasil e no mundo), which analyzes the local and global regulatory policies of food advertising, comparing the initiatives of different countries.
About the Book
The book, which is a collection of essays, was published through a joint effort by Instituto Alana, ANDI, and LIDS. LIDS’ major contribution was conducting comparative research involving seven selected countries: Canada, Australia, United States, European Union, Sweden, France, Germany, and United Kingdom.
Aimed at legal professionals and public administrators, the collection of essays seeks to inform and encourage the adoption of effective measures to protect children from the negative effects of food advertising in Brazil and elsewhere. “Knowing the way other countries are dealing with the issue of advertising of food and non-alcoholic beverages is essential for the construction and implementation of the Brazilian legal bases,” writes Henriques.
The book meets Instituto Alana and ANDI’s objectives of promoting children’s rights through media, which is a goal that requires accounting for the economic … Read More »