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Conflicts and Divergent Perspectives to Protect Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous People

Author Affiliations

  • 1School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (11), Pages 33-36, November,14 (2013)


The importance of biodiversity and traditional knowledge protection has increased immensely in the recent past, due to the technological leap in the area of Biotechnology. The pace of competition induced the Western scientists and Multi National Corporations infiltrate local community’s traditional knowledge and genetic resources. This in turn resulted in major conflicts among local communities, national governments and MNCs. International agreements dealing with Intellectual Property Rights and Bio Diversity, like Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement has contradictory objectives. This article explores the fundamental tenants, divergence, controversies between CBD and TRIPs; also specifically looks at the major controversies within the Agreements


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