Area of Expertise
International intellectual property agreements; U.S. and international pharmaceutical policy; AIDS drugs in Africa and developing countries; social and economic rights and access to essential services in developing countries; human rights in South Africa
Sean Flynn teaches courses on the intersection of intellectual property and human rights. Flynn is also associate director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). His primary research focus is on legal frameworks governing access to essential goods and services, including constitutional and human rights law, intellectual property law, utility regulation, antitrust and consumer protection law. Before joining American University, Flynn completed clerkships with Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson on the South African Constitutional Court and with Judge Raymond Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Flynn also represented consumers and local governments in private practice with the law firm Spiegel & McDiarmid and as senior attorney for the Consumer Project on Technology in Washington, D.C., Flynn has taught Advanced Topics in Constitutional Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Legal Reasoning and Argument at Harvard Law School. He is author of numerous published articles and book chapters on rights of access to medicines, water, and essential goods and services.