International Law and Indigenous Knowledge: Intellectual Property, Plant Biodiversity, and Traditional Medicine

International Law and Indigenous Knowledge: Intellectual Property, Plant Biodiversity, and Traditional Medicine

by Chidi Oguamanam
     
 

In International Law and Indigenous Knowledge, Chidi Oguamanan argues that Indigenous knowledge has posed a crisis of legitimacy for the intellectual property system that calls for a rethinking of the intellectual property jurisprudence in a cross-cultural direction.

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In International Law and Indigenous Knowledge, Chidi Oguamanan argues that Indigenous knowledge has posed a crisis of legitimacy for the intellectual property system that calls for a rethinking of the intellectual property jurisprudence in a cross-cultural direction.

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'One of the most in-depth studies in the area of indigenous knowledge and property rights to date, this work provides a thorough examination of the role of law and public policy in addressing the rift between Western and non-Western knowledge systems and the crisis of legitimacy in the conventional intellectual property system.'
Graham Reynolds
'Dr. Oguamanam advocates for a "bottom-up" approach in dealing with how to best preserve and protect traditional knowledge ... In so doing, a solution can be crafted which will provide protection for traditional knowledge in a manner that is respectful of indigenous and local peoples' cultural identities. Ultimately, this type of solution will create a strong foundation upon which enduring indigenous political empowerment can be achieved.'
Thom Alcoze
'International Law and Indigenous Knowledge by Chidi Oguamanam is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion over preservation of the integrity of traditional knowledge and Indigenous ways of knowing. The author provides solid scaffolds to navigate the complex negotiations and intersections between international law and Indigenous property rights in evolving, diverse contexts.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802039026
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Rosemary Coombe
'This is the first study to my knowledge to address an intersection of issues which are extremely important in international law and policy. The scholarship is sound and the author is to be commended for his capacity to link legal, ethnobotanical, and anthropological literatures.'

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