Indigenous Knowledge & Intellectual Property

Indigenous Knowledge & Intellectual Property (Juta) 2016 (edited volume)

Posted: 28 Oct 2016

Date Written: October 20, 2016


This edited title flows from several panels at the Commission on Legal Pluralism Jubilee Conference, entitled Living Realities of Legal Pluralism that was organised in conjunction with the Centre for Legal and Applied Research (CLEAR), the Research Chair in Customary Law and the Chair for Comparative Law in Africa, of the University of Cape Town. The panels highlighted controversial aspects of the legal protection of indigenous knowledge with which the contributors to this volume have critically engaged. This engagement is informed by recent legislative and policy developments in several countries in the global South, including South Africa.

Keywords: Intellectual Property Law, Indigenous Knowledge, Traditional Medicinal Knowledge

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

du Plessis, Elmien and Ncube, Caroline B., Indigenous Knowledge & Intellectual Property (October 20, 2016). Indigenous Knowledge & Intellectual Property (Juta) 2016 (edited volume). Available at SSRN:

Elmien Du Plessis

North West University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Potchefstroom, North West
South Africa

Caroline B. Ncube (Contact Author)

University of Cape Town ( email )

Private Bag
Rondebosch 7701
South Africa


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