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Technology & Engineering Biomedical

Global Biopiracy

Patents, Plants, and Indigenous Knowledge

by (author) Ikechi Mgbeoji

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
Category
Biomedical, Science & Technology, Indigenous Peoples, Biotechnology, General, General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774840255
    Publish Date
    Nov 2011
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774811538
    Publish Date
    Jul 2006
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774811521
    Publish Date
    Nov 2005
    List Price
    $95.00

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Description

Legal control and ownership of plants and traditional knowledge of the uses of plants (TKUP) is a vexing issue. The phenomenon of appropriation of plants and TKUP, otherwise known as biopiracy, thrives in a cultural milieu where non-Western forms of knowledge are systemically marginalized and devalued as "folk knowledge" or characterized as inferior. Global Biopiracy rethinks the role of international law and legal concepts, the Western-based, Eurocentric patent systems of the world, and international agricultural research institutions as they affect legal ownership and control of plants and TKUP.

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Contributor Notes

Ikechi Mgbeoji is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and the author of Collective Insecurity: The Liberian Crisis, Unilateralism, and Global Order, also published by UBC Press.

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