Symposium on The Access, Use and Circulation of Biogenetic Resources

26 March 2018


Symposium on The Access, Use and Circulation of Biogenetic Resources: The Nagoya Protocol and Implementing Measures.

September 11-12

LSE LawLondon School of Economics and Political Science

INMARE project funded by EU H2020 grant.

The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (2010) is a supplementary agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity 1992 (CBD) implemented by EU Regulation 511/2014. Using rules of access, benefit-sharing commitments and by imposing user obligations, it controls the circulation of genetic resources including traditional knowledge associated with such resources. It has the potential to facilitate a marketplace for ethically and legally obtained biogenetic material and information. This highly significant instrument however, has been interpreted in divergent ways globally, leading to fears of blocking research and utilisation. Emerging and open issues include the evolving relationship with patents and other intellectual property rights, the extension of the protocol to digitised sequence information and the motivational postures of individual researchers with heavy compliance burdens under implementing measures. This symposium sets out a number of questions designed to understand and evaluate the objectives, regulatory design, and enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol on the use and circulation of biogenetic resources and relevant traditional knowledge.

For more information contact Dr Siva Thambisetty


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