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Ms Yuan Qiong Hu

Bachelor of Law (Shandong University), Master of Law (Shandong University), LLM (SOAS), MPhil (University of Oslo)


Hu Yuan Qiong
Ms Yuan Qiong Hu
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Thesis title:
Transforming Patent Paradigm for Essential Health Innovation: Alternative Conceptual Framework Building towards Open Innovation (working title)
Year of Study:
Year of Entry: 2013-14
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HU Yuanqiong is a lawyer and researcher on intellectual property law, international law, environmental law and human rights. She works as Legal and Policy Advisor for Access Campaign of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with focus on intellectual property, and has worked as Head of Policy and Research Division of Save the Children China, and Environmental Law Attorney of Natural Resources Defence Council (US). She is a member of Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC) of SOAS, the Founder and Coordinator of China Access to Medicines Research Group. In addition, she has conducted consultancies for Asia and Pacific Regional Office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), MSF and Third World Network on patent and access to medicines, and for Save the Children UK on post-2015 development policies. A number of her researches on public health and patent law have been published in several journals and conferences. As a licensed Chinese lawyer, she also has experiences of working as a practicing lawyer and a college teacher of economic law.

PhD Conferences

  • “Enough for Innovation? Discussion on Research and Experimental Exception of Patent in the Context of Medical Innovation”, at University College Dublin, Sutherland School of Law, Postgraduate Workshop, May 23, 2014
  • “Forum of Resistance through a Comparative Lens: Access to Medicines and Patent Law Reform in India and China”, Panel on Private vs. Public Interests in Patent over Biotechnology: Implications on Developed and Developing Countries, Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference on ‘Law, Individual, Community’, University of Edinburgh, UK, 2 December, 2013
  • “Battle with the Invisibles: Pharmaceutical Patent in China and the Impact on Access to Medicines”, Track 3: Intellectual Property and the Public Interest: Global Questions, Local Answers,  The 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, Cape Town, South Africa, 11 December, 2013
  • Panellist, “Philanthropy and Intellectual Property: Access to Drugs in Developing Countries”, Philanthropy Series,  Law School, University of Geneva, 13 March, 2015 (Forthcoming)
  • Chair, World Trade Organization Public Forum 2014 Series, “Innovation Hubs for the 21st Century: New Approaches to University IP Management ”, 01 October, 2014
  • SOAS Law, Development and Development Centre, Seminar on “Ensuring Innovation and Equitable Access to Medicines: Challenges and Possibilities for a New Global Framework for R&D” with Dr Suerie Moon from Harvard University, 24 October, 2013


  • Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD), SOAS
  • Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC), SOAS
  • China Access to Medicines Research Group
  • Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong Association
  • All China Lawyers Association


International law, intellectual property law, human rights, environmental law.