Exploring Benefit-Sharing from the Lab to the Land (Part I): Agricultural Research and Development in the Context of Conservation and Sustainable Use

48 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2014

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Elsa Tsioumani

Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance; International Institute for Sustainable Development

Date Written: November 14, 2014

Abstract

This paper explores the use and application of benefit-sharing arising out of the use of genetic resources for food and agriculture for research and development purposes, which is regulated mainly at the inter-State level, in light of equity considerations. It then explores benefit-sharing in relation to IPRs and farmers’ rights, in particular the rights to use, save and exchange seeds, which are regulated at both the inter- and intra-State (domestic) levels. The paper concludes by delineating a research agenda, based on the inter-linkages of international law related to land, food and agriculture.

Keywords: benefit-sharing, equity, agricultural development, farmers' rights, genetic resources, food, intellectual property, land

Suggested Citation

Tsioumani, Elsa, Exploring Benefit-Sharing from the Lab to the Land (Part I): Agricultural Research and Development in the Context of Conservation and Sustainable Use (November 14, 2014). Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2014/44; BENELEX Working Paper 4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2524337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2524337

Elsa Tsioumani (Contact Author)

Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance ( email )

16 Richmond St
Glasgow, Scotland G1 1XQ
United Kingdom

International Institute for Sustainable Development ( email )

161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg
Manitoba, R3B 0Y4, Manitoba
United States

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