- Image by William Chen via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0) The Federal Court of Appeal recently overturned Ottawa’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, citing a lack of proper consultation with affected Aboriginal peoples, as required under Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. The duty to consult Aboriginal peoples and accommodate their concerns arises when government decisions may…Read More
- On August 27, 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) reconvened in Geneva for its 37th session. The August 27-31 meeting is the third under the 2018-2019 biennium of the IGC and also the first opportunity for the experts to further advance negotiations on…Read More
- This post was contributed by Frederic Perron-Welch, an International Law Advisor and PhD candidate at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University. Frederic lives in Geneva. Emerging information technologies such as blockchain may provide opportunities for lowering transaction costs and increasing legal certainty in ABS transactions. The current discussions in the CBD and other fora on…Read More
What is the best way to ensure Aboriginal-sensitive access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources?
Our team of researchers has conducted in-depth focus groups across Canada, gathering representatives from Indigenous communities and organizations to discuss how best to protect their interests through access and benefit sharing policies.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently seeking applicants…