Digital Sequence Information in the UN High Seas Treaty: Insights from the Global Biodiversity Framework-related Decisions

7 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2023 Last revised: 13 Apr 2023

See all articles by Paul Oldham

Paul Oldham

The University of Manchester - Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

Claudio Chiarolla

Senior International Law and Policy Advisor ; CARICOM

Siva Thambisetty

London School of Economics - Law School

Date Written: January 30, 2023

Abstract

In December 2022, the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Global Biodiversity Framework. The Decisions taken in support of the Framework represent a significant phase shift in the approach to governance of digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources. The authors observe that these, particularly CBD Decision 15/9, have significant implications for fraught negotiations on a proposed new UN Treaty on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction. They analyse shifting baselines on digital sequence information, data governance, transparency in use and circulation of genetic resources and monetary benefit sharing to suggest that the Global Biodiversity Framework-related Decisions provide an important and hard-won equitable road map whose key elements can be adapted to address digital sequence information (DSI) in the high seas context.

Suggested Citation

Oldham, Paul and Chiarolla, Claudio and Thambisetty, Siva, Digital Sequence Information in the UN High Seas Treaty: Insights from the Global Biodiversity Framework-related Decisions (January 30, 2023). LSE Law - Policy Briefing Paper No. 53, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4343130 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4343130

Paul Oldham (Contact Author)

The University of Manchester - Manchester Institute of Innovation Research ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Claudio Chiarolla

Senior International Law and Policy Advisor ( email )

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.linkedin.com/in/claudiochiarolla

CARICOM ( email )

Guinea

Siva Thambisetty

London School of Economics - Law School ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Do you have negative results from your research you’d like to share?

Paper statistics

Downloads
966
Abstract Views
2,300
Rank
44,664
PlumX Metrics