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Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Customary Law and Intellectual Property: A Global Primer
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Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Customary Law and Intellectual Property: A Global Primer (Hardback)

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This global primer surveys international initiatives on traditional knowledge, folklore, cultural heritage and genetic resources, and describes in a comprehensive manner regional and national principles of protection in Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, the United States and the Americas.

The most innovative parts of the book discuss three key approaches. First, the book highlights the relevance of customary law, describes how it is recognized and applied in legal systems and assesses its effectiveness as an enforcement mechanism. Second, through selected cases, the book illustrates the problem of biopiracy to which the disclosure requirement has been proposed as a policy response. It traces the origins of the disclosure requirement to instruments developed jointly by WIPO and UNESCO. Third, the book proposes a novel approach to protecting traditional knowledge premised on the principle of reciprocity and the use of mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) and assesses the scope of such MRAs.

Libraries and universities will find this work is an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers. The material will also be important for government officials and organizations developing policy. Furthermore, the information available in these pages can empower indigenous peoples and local communities looking to promote awareness and protect traditional knowledge.

LawInternational lawPublic international lawTreaties & other sources of international lawLawJurisprudence & general issuesComparative lawLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsIntellectual property lawPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesIndigenous peoples Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 27/03/2020 ISBN-13: 9781785368479  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Paul Kuruk, Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, US; Facilitator, WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Traditional Knowledge, Geneva, Switzerland; Representative of Ghana, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, New York, US and Deputy Chairman, Ghana International Trade Commission, Accra, Ghana

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