The Impact of intellectual property rights and trade-related issues on biological diversity

Michael I. Jeffery

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This paper focuses on the response of the international community to the need to conserve biodiversity of genetic resources and ensure that they are developed in a sustainable manner within an internationally sanctioned and enforceable legal framework. It gives an overview of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and examines in some detail the provisions in the CBD that are particularly relevant to the protection of intellectual property rights, namely, those dealing with access and benefit sharing and the transfer of technologies and the protection of traditional knowledge under Article 8j. The paper then explores the relationship between the WTO's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the CBD and the latter's impact on biological diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a "second generation" in environmental laws in the Asian and Pacific region
Subtitle of host publicationselect trends
EditorsLye Lin-Heng, Maria Socorro Z. Manguiat
Place of PublicationGland, Switzerland ; Cambridge
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)2831707536
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventIUCN/IGES/ADB Symposium (2002) - Tokyo
Duration: 11 Nov 200211 Nov 2002

Publication series

NameIUCN Environmental policy and law paper


ConferenceIUCN/IGES/ADB Symposium (2002)


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