Professor Baker teaches disability discrimination law, negotiations and is developing a new course focused on human rights, intellectual property, and access to medicines. 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 also 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, investor-state dispute settlement, access to medicines, and medicines regulatory policy, including with the African Union, NEPAD, South Africa, Uganda, ASEAN, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, 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, UNAIDS, UNDP, Unitaid, the Medicines Patent Pool, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and others. He serves as a key advisor to NGO delegation 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.

Professor Baker also 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
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Medical Issues

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • “Placing Access to Essential Medicine on the Human Rights Agenda,” in The Power of Pills: Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Drug Development, Marketing and Pricing, ed. C. Cohen et. al (Pluto Press, 2006).
  • “Debunking IP-for-Development: Africa Needs IP Space Not IP Shackles,” inInternational Economic Law and African Development, ed. L. Boulle et. al (Siber Ink 2004).

Selected Commentary