John H. Barton

John Barton devoted his academic career to the examination of questions at the intersection of science and the law. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His scholarship was focused on international law concerns ranging from national defense to issues surrounding the distribution of intellectual property across the developed and undeveloped world. His most recent work involved the transfer of technologies, including vaccine, steel, and technologies for mitigating climate change between scientifically sophisticated and developing nations, and the development of a political theory of international organization and globalization.

Professor Barton chaired or was a member of more than a dozen academic and international advisory commissions. Most recently he led the International Commission on Intellectual Property Rights. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, he was an engineer with Sylvania Electronic Defense Laboratories.
Professor Barton was also a Senior Fellow (by courtesy) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Bridges news

1 December 2007
For the world to make the transition to a low-carbon economy, renewable energy technologies have to be made available globally at an unprecedented scale. One option often flagged is here allowing flexibilities in the intellectual property (IP) system to facilitate the spread of renewable...
1 May 2007
The character of technology transfer has changed profoundly over the last couple of decades. This has broad implications for defining policies that might benefit developing nations and, therefore, for international negotiations. In the technology transfer debate of the 1970s, the paradigm involved...