Professor Baker teaches a Global HIV/AIDS Policy seminar, disability discrimination law, negotiations, and an analytical skills workshop. His scholarship originally focused on theories of practice-based learning, but more recently has turned to intellectual property and access to medicines and intensifying the legal, economic and policy response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemics. He has taught and consulted in South African law schools and law school clinics since 1997. Professor Baker is an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Professor Baker is a senior policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project) and is actively engaged in campaigns for universal access to treatment, prevention, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, especially expanded and improved medical treatment. He has written and consulted extensively on intellectual property rights, trade, access to medicines, and medicines regulatory policy including with the African Union, NEPAD, Uganda, ASEAN, Thailand, Indonesia, Venezuela, CARICOM, UK DfID, the World Health Organization, the Millennium Development Goals Project, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Open Society Institute, UNDP, UNITAID, the Medicines Patent Pool, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and others. He also serves as an NGOs board member to UNITAID, which acts to improve market dynamics and early market entry of medicines and diagnostics needed to address HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis C, and malaria. In January 2015, Professor Baker joined the Technical Working Group of the Equitable Access Initiative (EAI). The aim of the EAI is to develop a new framework to classify countries by key components of equitable access to health, including components in addition to GDP or GNI.

He works on policy issues concerning the Global Fund and the US PEPFAR Program, and how those priority disease initiatives might contribute more broadly to improving health care delivery in developing countries. Finally, he analyzes resource needs for global health, innovative financing mechanisms, and IMF macroeconomic policies that restrict increased government and donor spending on health and education in developing countries

Fields of Expertise

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Cooperative Legal Education
  • Health Law
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medical Issues

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • "Debunking IP-for-Development: Africa Needs IP Space Not IP Shackles," International Economic Law and African Development (2014) (Laurence Boulle, Emmanuel Laryea & Franziska Sucker eds.)
  • "Placing Access to Essential Medicine on the Human Rights Agenda," The Power of Pills (2006) (Cohen et. al, eds.)

Selected Commentary