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From Economic Localisation to Economic Globalisation: Protecting Africa’s Traditional Knowledge Systems and Related Resources for National Socio-Economic Development and Global Trade

36 Pages Posted: 24 May 2010  

Ayoyemi Lawal-Arowolo

Babcock University - School of Law and Security Studies

Date Written: November 20, 2009

Abstract

In Africa, traditional knowledge systems and related resources have been in existence since time immemorial, controlled and protected by traditional legal systems. They are firmly rooted in the developing and least developed countries of Africa. Scholarly research has shown that traditional knowledge and related resources are wrongly appropriated by outsiders, exposed to the world, and in some cases protected by intellectual property rights at the detriment of the originators of these knowledge systems. Extensive research on traditional knowledge as intellectual property worthy of protection for socio-economic development in Africa, international trade and economic globalisation is necessary. It is important that research is conducted from an African perspective.

Keywords: Traditional Knowledge, Economic Globalisation, Intellectual property rights, socio-economic development

Suggested Citation

Lawal-Arowolo, Ayoyemi, From Economic Localisation to Economic Globalisation: Protecting Africa’s Traditional Knowledge Systems and Related Resources for National Socio-Economic Development and Global Trade (November 20, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1613383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1613383

Ayoyemi Lawal-Arowolo (Contact Author)

Babcock University - School of Law and Security Studies ( email )

Ilishan, Ogun State 1022
Nigeria

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