Self-Governance and International Regulation of the Global Microbial Commons: Introduction to the Special Issue on the Microbial Commons
14 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2010
Date Written: February 1, 2010
A vast body of research has been developed addressing how the life-science research commons should be governed, in the context of a globalized intellectual property regime. Scholars revised the basic concepts of research on the commons to adapt it to the realm of knowledge and information. In particular, the collective action problems analyzed in the context of the natural resources were reformulated in a manner more appropriate to the study of the global sharing of biological materials (Hess and Ostrom 2006). The goal of this introduction to the special issue is to advance this research agenda by outlining the structure, the function and the role of two cases of new global genetic resource commons: the microbial commons and the plant genetic resources commons.
Keywords: commons, intellectual property rights, genetic resources, governance
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