Traditional Knowledge

28-29 March 2014, ACIPA Book Symposium, Brisbane
Convened by Brendan Tobin

The Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA) held a symposium to examine the challenges, opportunities, advantages and drawbacks associated with the recognition and enforcement of customary law for the protection of Indigenous peoples’ human rights, with particular focus on rights to traditional knowledge, genetic resources, food security and self-determination.


Professor Graham Dutfield (School of Law, University of Leeds)
Implementing the Nagoya Protocol as if customary law really matters

Maui Solomon (Barrister and Indigenous Rights Advocate, New Zealand)
Revival of a cultural identity thought to be extinct

Professor Angela R. Riley (School of Law, UCLA)
Traditonal knowledge and living Indigenous cultures

Michael Halewood (Bioversity International)
Canadian common law aboriginal knowledge protection rights: an opportunity for expanding the recognition of customary law?

Professor Jennifer Corrin (TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland)
Recognition of Indigenous customary laws by the state in Melanesia

Dr Miranda Forsyth (Fellow, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University)
Navigating the mythscape of biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge in Pacific Island countries

Dr Ilse Köhler-Rollefson (League for Pastoral Peoples)
Traditional versus scientific knowledge in the animal breeding and livestock sector: How can they be put onto a level playing field?

Regis Lafargue (Judge, Court of Appeal, Noumea)
Recognizing a “Common Bio-Cultural Heritage”, or Kanak Custom: Challenging the Western Legal “Tradition”


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