Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Customary Law and Intellectual Property

A Global Primer

Paul Kuruk, Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, US; Facilitator, WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Traditional Knowledge, Geneva, Switzerland; Representative of Ghana, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, New York, US and Deputy Chairman, Ghana International Trade Commission, Accra, Ghana

The book examines the national, regional and international frameworks of protection of traditional knowledge in all regions of the world. It also discusses options to enhance the existing legal regimes including the use of customary laws and protocols; the adoption of mutual recognition agreements premised on the principle of reciprocity; and the disclosure of source or country of origin of traditional knowledge in intellectual property applications.

‘Kuruk, one of the foremost scholars in intellectual property law, provides a very comprehensive and ground-breaking account of various international, regional and national initiatives and frameworks for the protection of traditional knowledge. This is a must-read and indispensable resource for IP law professors, students and practicing IO/NGO lawyers.’
– Edward Kwakwa, World Intellectual Property Organization

‘Paul Kuruk has been a respected commentator and actor on the emerging law of traditional knowledge for two decades. This book’s scope is breathtaking, covering all of the institutions involved in the subject and at all levels from global to local. Its comprehensiveness, and its informed analysis of the state of the art, makes it an essential text for students, teachers, and policymakers.’
– Graham Dutfield, University of Leeds, UK

‘For more than two decades, Paul Kuruk has actively engaged in the academic and policy debates on traditional knowledge and intellectual property. Building on his lifelong work, this comprehensive, informative and globally oriented primer makes a complex and contentious debate accessible. The book not only explains why traditional knowledge deserves protection, but helps us understand the myriad international efforts, domestic laws, customary practices and reform proposals.’
– Peter K. Yu, Texas A&M University, US

2020 512 pp Hardback 978 1 78536 847 9 £120.00 £108.00 $185.00 $166.50

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