Burcu Kilic, Ph.D.

Director, Digital Rights Program & Research Director, Access to Medicines


Burcu Kilic is a scholar, lawyer and digital rights advocate. Her work is divided between digital rights and access to medicines. She directs the Digital Rights Program and is also the research director for Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines Program. Her unique expertise in intellectual property law and policy, information technology, innovation and trade policy secures her as a well-known and highly respected scholar and advocate in the field. She works with governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world and promotes their participation in rule making. Her understanding helps shape the thinking and strategies of policymakers, scholars and activists.

Burcu roots her technical and legal expertise in a profound desire to improve the welfare of humanity. She has provided technical advice and assistance in numerous countries, both in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa. She is the U.S. Chair of the Information Society Policy Committee, Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue. Burcu was listed among the “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” by the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute in Geneva in 2015. Since 2011, she has been a SARChI research associate at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation. Burcu is co-author of the comprehensive study on “Key Questions on Developing Patent Disclosure Requirements for Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge” and also author of “Boosting Pharmaceutical Innovation in the Post-TRIPS Era: Real Life Lessons for the Developing World.” She obtained a bachelor of laws degree with distinction from Ankara University, holds a L.L.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London and has a Ph.D. from Queen Mary, University of London. She has a L.L.M. in Law and Information Technology from Stockholm University.

Media Appearances

Burcu has been quoted in publications in the United States and abroad such as The Washington Post, Politico, Bloomberg, International Business Times, Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post, El Tiempo Latino, New Zealand Herald, Crickey, La Journada and La Segunda, among other outlets.