Protecting Traditional Knowledge

Lessons from Global Case Studies

Elgar Intellectual Property and Global Development series

Evana Wright, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Protecting Traditional Knowledge examines the emerging international frameworks for the protection of Indigenous traditional knowledge, and presents an analysis situated at the intersection between intellectual property, access and benefit sharing, and Indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination.

‘Wright has produced a compelling case for sui generis regimes as the optimal approach for protecting traditional knowledge. The fullness of Wright’s analysis of India and Peru’s regimes and the distillation of their approaches to creating institutions, databases and benefit sharing models for traditional knowledge holders makes the book indispensable for anyone who takes these matters seriously and wishes to read the case for sui generis regimes put at its strongest.’
– Robyn Ayres, Lee Elsdon and Jack Howard, Intellectual Property Forum

‘This book carefully presents features of the systems for the protection of traditional knowledge that are found in two key developing countries. The author skillfully frames those features as lessons for those designing frameworks for the protection of traditional knowledge in other places. The book provides a commendable level of detail making it useful and accessible for both researchers and policymakers around the globe.’
– Susy Frankel, FRSNZ, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

‘The value of this excellent book is that it goes beyond merely critiquing the main approaches proposed, which it does very convincingly, by examining two of the most established legal frameworks: those of Peru and India. Viewing national legal systems as pluralist and guided by the right to self-determination, she then applies her findings to Australia. The book is an enjoyable and illuminating read which should invigorate a rather tired debate.’
– Graham Dutfield, University of Leeds, UK

‘In this outstanding book, Evana Wright carefully choreographs sample national experiences across strategically selected countries. Her findings are prudently presented as rich policy pathways and lessons for nations, regions, and policy makers with interest in the protection of traditional knowledge of the world’s Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.’
– Chidi Oguamanam, University of Ottawa, Canada

2020 288 pp Hardback 978 1 78897 884 2 £90.00 £81.00 $135.00 $121.50

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