The International Legal Developments on the Access and Benefit-Sharing of Biological Genetic Resources

The International Legal Developments on the Access and Benefit-Sharing of Biological Genetic Resources

 

Title
The International Legal Developments on the Access and Benefit-Sharing of Biological Genetic Resources
Author
Kuei-Jung Ni, Hung-Chieh Chang, Yen-Chun Lee, Anna Chang, Tsz-Pei Wu, Chin-Hung Chen
Keywords
Genetic Resources, Biopiracy, CBD, ABS, WTO/TRIPS, WIPO, PGRFA
Abstract
The regulation on genetic resources, in particular on the topic of access to
and benefit-sharing, has become a focal point of the international society. Given
the inter-disciplined nature, there seems no single international treaty or
institution may fully govern the issue and then achieve a satisfactory outcome
alone. The article aims to analyze the basic legal implications and developments
generated by relevant treaties and organizations on the topic and to reveal the
practices of some nations. The study may serve as a basis for further in-depth
research and a reference for our national legislations. It is primarily found that a
further coordination of relevant international norms is highly desirable and
essential to reach mutual supportiveness. In addition, it needs to have a thorough
examination on whether the current practices of some developing countries are
unreasonably rigid.
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