Yearly Archives: 2016

“Tiered or Differentiated Approach to Traditional Knowledge?” Coast Salish Cowichan Sweater, Ghana Kente, Nigeria Adire and Arnhem Bark Paintings

The WIPO Secretariat recently organized a series of roundtables in advance of the 32nd negotiations of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). This seminar was a prologue to the substantive negotiation for the last WIPO-IGC for 2016 that focuses on a draft instrument on the protection of…
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WIPO-IGC Decisions Risk Legitimacy Deficit, Warns an Indigenous Forum Panel

Today, the WIPO-IGC commenced the last of its meetings for 2016 under the 2016-2017 biennium agenda. The meeting is being held pursuant to the expert committee’s mandate to develop text-based instruments for the protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions. The sessions, which run from November 28 - December 2, 2016, were…
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uOttawa Students and Community Weigh in on ABS and its Relevance to Reconciliation

At the heart of ABS Canada’s capacity-building agenda is outreach to law students and Indigenous youth. Encouraged by the enthusiasm and engagement at our recent workshop at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in Thunder Bay, ABS Canada recently held a similar presentation at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law on Tuesday, October 25,…
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Clashing rights: When indigenous legal systems collide with Canadian law

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…
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