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Blockchain Technology and Access and Benefit-Sharing

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…
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Crunch Time at WIPO-IGC: A Last Attempt to Draft a New Genetic Resources Text?

Pictured above are members of the Africa Group at the WIPO IGC.  On June 26, 2018, the long running World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) reconvened in Geneva for its 36th session. Since 2000, the IGC has had a mandate to negotiate text-based…
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Kinder Morgan: Beyond the Division of Powers Debate – Indigenous Rights at the Crux

Image by Mark Klotz via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)   The current debate over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion reads like a high stakes action movie. It is like a ticking time bomb ready to detonate on May 31st , the date Kinder Morgan has threatened to terminate the entire expansion project unless two conditions are met…
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