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Staff Profile

Professor Pamela Andanda

Position PROFESSOR
QualificationsLLM, LLBHons, PhD
Phone 0117178449
Email Pamela.Andanda@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit School of Law

Pamela’s research interests are in the areas of intellectual property, biotechnology, health law, bioethics, policy analysis, commercial law and governance of biomedical research. She has published extensively in these fields and is currently a consortium member of the TRUST project (Creating and enhancing Trustworthy, responsible and equitable partnerships in international research), a 2.66 million Euros grant from the European Commission’s HORIZON 2020 funding programme.

The goal of the TRUST Project is to catalyse a global collaborative effort to improve adherence to high ethical standards in research around the world. It aims at counteracting the practice of “Ethics dumping” or the application of double standards in research, by building international governance structures with new network opportunities between Europe, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, China and Russia.

Based on participatory engagement covering all continents, the interdisciplinary collaboration between multi-level ethics bodies, policy advisors, civil society organisations, funding organisations, industry and academic scholars will deliver three sets of tools: (1) a global code of conduct for funders, (2) a fair research contracting on-line tool, and, (3) a compliance and ethics follow-up tool, which takes limited resources into account.

The thirteen-member European and international partner project is being coordinated by Professor Doris Schroeder of the Centre for Professional Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire (UK). The University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Law is one of the partners and the leader of Work package 4, which has two main aims:

• To determine compliance issues and gaps in global ethical adherence.

• To develop a compliance and ethics follow?up tool for conditions of high vulnerability.

The Wits team is led by Professor Andanda who will be working on the project jointly with Dr Jane Wathuta, a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Law; with Wits Enterprise being responsible for the administration of Wits activities for the project.

The other partners in the TRUST project are;

• University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

• Council on Health Research for Development Association (COHRED)

• The Forum for Ethics Review Committees in India (FERCI)

• United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

• The South African San Institute Trust (SASI)

• Institut National De La Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale (INSERM)

• Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA)

• Action Contre La Faim (ACF)

• University of Cape Town (UCT)

• Signosis Sprl (Signosis)

• Foundation Global Values Alliance (Stiftung Globale Werte Allianz) (FGVA)

• The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

Pamela is also a consortium member of the Coun

P amela lectures Intellectual Property Law and Research Methodology. She previously practised as an advocate and conveyancer and was a policy research and analysis consultant before joining the School of Law. She is the Chairperson of the Law School's Postgraduate Studies Committee and a co-editor of the South African Law Journal.

Pamela is an Executive member of Ethics, Law and Human Rights Working Group (ELH) of the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP) and the South African Law Reform Commission Project 25 (reviewing legislation administered by the National Department of Health). She was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Global Governance of Science and strategic advisory committee member of UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). She regularly acts as an expert and evaluator in the Ethics Review procedure of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Pamela is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher.

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