New Zealand, Mātauranga Māori and the IGC

In Daniel Robinson et al. (eds), Protecting Traditional Knowledge: The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (Routledge) 289-300, Forthcoming

Posted: 16 Oct 2017

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Jessica C. Lai

Victoria University of Wellington

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Since the turn of the millennium, New Zealand has actively sought innovative means to protect mātauranga Māori (the Māori knowledge system) in its intellectual property laws. Concurrently, the Waitangi Tribunal heard the Wai 262 Claim on mātauranga Māori and the Crown’s Treaty of Waitangi obligations, and the Crown has continued to negotiate in the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). This chapter looks at this complex constellation and argues that New Zealand both can and needs to address the Wai 262 Report and its domestic laws, before purporting to negotiate treaties on behalf of Māori, and to thereby act as a world leader in this arena.

Keywords: traditional knowledge, WIPO IGC, New Zealand

JEL Classification: K11, K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Lai, Jessica C., New Zealand, Mātauranga Māori and the IGC (2017). In Daniel Robinson et al. (eds), Protecting Traditional Knowledge: The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (Routledge) 289-300, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3053096

Jessica C. Lai (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington
New Zealand

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