Accessing and Sharing the Benefits of the Genomics Revolution

  • W.B. Peter
  • Chika B. Onwuekwe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Access and Benefits Sharing in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter W.B. Phillips, Chika B. Onwuekwe
      Pages 3-17
  3. Sharing the Benefits of Inventions, Pgrs and Traditional Knowledge

  4. Implementing Access and Benefits Sharing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Lorraine Sheremeta, Bartha Maria Knoppers
      Pages 157-182
  5. Access and Benefit Sharing in the New Millennium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Chika B. Onwuekwe, Peter W.B. Phillips
      Pages 199-208
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-211

About this book


There is a veritable gold rush mentality in the life science world as scientists, entrepreneurs and multinationals are staking claims to the ‘code of life’ embodied in the world’s current stock of plants, animals, microbes and human populations. In response, the communities that see themselves as the custodians of both that traditional knowledge and specific genetic resources have demanded greater recognition of their role in creating and conserving this resource, access to any resulting improvements and a share of the benefits arising from their patrimony. This has precipitated a widespread effort—in local communities, in the marketplace, in many developing and developed countries and at the talks in the Doha Round of the WTO—to reconcile the interests and concerns of the two opposing groups.

This edited volume explores the legal, economic and political context for the debate about intellectual property rights for traditional knowledge and genetic resources and critically analyses the theory and practice of access and benefits sharing efforts around the world. The book also investigates the current flashpoints—the David and Goliath battle between Monsanto and Percy Schmeiser over farmers’ rights; the dispute over coexistence of GM and organic production; and the ownership and control of human genetic materials stored in human gene banks around the world.



Intellectual property rights access and benefits sharing genetic resources genetics genomics human rights international law traditional knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • W.B. Peter
    • 1
  • Chika B. Onwuekwe
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.University of CalgaryCanada

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