Ownership of genetic resources: On the appropriation of traditional knowledge in the bio-economy

Outline

The research project investigates the attempted imposition of ownership structures on traditional knowledge about genetic resources. It aims to gain insights into the internal dynamics of the objects of ownership, which complicate that propertisation process, and the potential emergence of alternative ownership regimes and alternatives to private property itself in the global bio-economy.

The empirical focus of the study is on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol from its international negotiation forums to the debates on reparation payments between indigenous peoples and companies in Brazil.

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