Frederic Perron-Welch, BA; MA; J.D. is a fluently bilingual Canadian lawyer with practice specialization in biodiversity and access and benefit sharing (ABS). He is also the Program Coordinator for Biodiversity and Biosafety Law at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) at McGill University. He has extensive experience providing expert support for the African Group and the CBD ABS Working Groups as part of the multi-donor ABS Capacity Development Initiative. He is regularly called upon to support ILCs negotiators and build capacity on ABS at the Conference of Parties meetings of the CBD, at the meetings of the Working Group on Article 8(j) (indigenous knowledge), and at the first intergovernmental committee on the Nagoya Protocol. Perrron-Welch has also taught in workshops to build capacity toward the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. He is the co-author of the IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and the CISDL report, Overview of National and Regional Measures on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing: Challenges, Opportunities in Implementing the Nagoya Protocol. He is also the co-editor of Legal Aspects of Implementing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cambridge, 2013).