Historically, Aboriginal legal systems have received little to no recognition under Canadian law. It was not until the Constitution Act of 1982 that Aboriginal rights were formally recognized and protected under section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. Yet, Aboriginal rights recognized under Canadian law are limited, and subject to interpretation by the courts. In light…Read more
About: Vipal Jain
Vipal Jain is a Research Assistant with ABS Canada. Her interest in international intellectual property, biotechnology and sustainable development brings her to ABS. Vipal is currently a second year JD law student at the University of Ottawa. She is also the co-founder of BioTown, a nonprofit organization in Ottawa that encourages accessible science. Vipal holds a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in genetics and biotechnology from the University of Toronto.
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The Government of Canada has launched a review of the federal environmental and regulatory processes. As part of this strategy, The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna has created a four-member expert panel to undertake the review. Consultations will be held across Canada beginning in September 2016, allowing the panel members to take…Read more
A new report published by the Ecuador government identifies countries that have biopirated Ecuador’s genetic resources. A majority of the identified countries are developed countries. United States, Australia, Germany, Netherlands and South Korea were identified as the top five countries that have applied for the highest number of patents by illegally using genetic resources derived from…Read more
Australia will be the second country in the commonwealth to protect intangible aspects of Aboriginal heritage including songs, dance and stories under new a law that comes in effect on August 1st. The new provisions are amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act in Victoria which put in place a significant fine for exploitation of non-physical…Read more
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