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Scholarly biography

Cailin has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at universities in the United Kingdom, Canada, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. She has designed and delivered courses in business law, international trade law, global health, development law, food security, intellectual property law with a focus on pharmaceutical patents, and healthcare law. In addition to serving in various academic roles, Cailin is a visiting guest lecturer on the MSc in Food Sciences in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Chester. She has held two visiting research fellowships at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL), Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, UK.

At the University of Brighton, she is currently co-supervising a PhD in international law and development.  She is a module leader on the LLM in Law and Social Justice and is a module leader and lecturer on the LLB programmes.

Research interests

Cailin is an external consultant on the HIV, Health and Development Roster for UNDP. She is an expert in international trade law, WTO law, preferential trade agreements, intellectual property rights law, pharmaceutical patents, health procurement and global health policy. Cailin has provided technical support and analysis to UNDP, UNITAID and UNAIDS to identify and assist LMICs in reviewing, developing and implementing WTO TRIPS compliant laws to further advance public health equity and effectiveness. In addition, she has provided written commentary to the WTO, WIPO, and, WHO on health-related trade issues. She has engaged with government officials, pharmaceutical industry leaders and local NGOs throughout Africa, Central America, South America, Europe, South-East Asia, and North America on equitable access to medical products, and compliance with international trade agreements.

Her current research project explores the potentiality of global justice at the WTO. The intent of the project is to develop international trade norms responsive to public health epidemics in least-developed countries by situating the issues in the wider theoretical discussions on distributive justice in the WTO TRIPS Agreement.

Supervisory Interests

Cailin would be delighted to supervise students in the areas of her research interests, namely International Trade Law, Law and Development, Intellectual Property Rights Law, and Global Health Policy.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Human Rights v Free Speech in the ‘Bubble Zone”: A comparative analysis of Canada and the U.S. case law regarding unobstructed access to health clinics for women seeking medical services.

6 Sept 19951 Jul 1998

Award Date: 1 Jul 1998

Bachelor, LLB (Hons), University of Sussex

1 Oct 19901 Jul 1994

Award Date: 15 Jul 1994

External positions

External Consultant - HIV, Health and Development

1 Jul 2007 → …


  • JX International law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Development
  • Global South
  • Intellectual Property Rights Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Global Health Policy
  • Health inequalities


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