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Genetic Engineering and the World Trade System: World Trade Forum

ISBN13: 9781107412835
Published: January 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2008)
Price: £35.99

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While the WTO agreements do not regulate the use of biotechnology per se, their rules can have a profound impact on the use of the technology for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. This 2008 book seeks to identify the challenges to international trade regulation that arise from biotechnology. The contributions examine whether existing international obligations of WTO Members are appropriate to deal with the issues arising for the use of biotechnology and whether there is a need for new international legal instruments, including a potential WTO Agreement on Biotechnology. They combine various perspectives on and topics relating to genetic engineering and trade, including human rights and gender; intellectual property rights; traditional knowledge and access and benefit sharing; food security, trade and agricultural production and food safety; and medical research, cloning and international trade.

International Trade
Part I. Introduction and Systemic Issues:
1. Introduction Daniel Wuger
2. Genetic engineering, trade and human rights Thomas Cottier
3. Gender dimensions of biotechnology policy and trade Constance Z. Wagner

Part II. Intellectual Property and Gene Technology - Issues at Stake and Possible Options:
4. Biotechnology and patents: global standards, European approaches and national accents Geertrui Van Overwalle
5. Intellectual property rights, biotechnology and development Emmanuel Opoku Awuku
6. Traditional knowledge, biogenetic resources, genetic engineering and intellectual property rights Federico Lenzerini

Part III. Food Security, Trade and Agricultural Production with Genetically Modified Organisms:
7. Biotechnology in the energy sector: some trade and development Simonetta Zarrilli
8. Coexistence and liability: implications for international trade drawn from the Swiss example Anne Petitpierre-Sauvain
9. Food security and agricultural production with genetically modified organisms: a comment Michael Hahn

Part IV. Food Safety, International Trade and Biotechnology:
10. Trade, environment and biotechnology: on coexistence and coherence Laurence Boisson de Chazournes and Makane Moise Mbenge
11. Risk regulation, precaution and trade Franz Xaver Perrez

Part V. Medical Research, Cloning and International Trade:
12. Genetic engineering, free trade and human rights: global standards and local ethics Roger Brownsword
13. The regulation of human genetics by international soft law and international trade Souheil El-Zein.