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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Sustainable Development: Access to Genetic Resources, Informed Consent, and Benefit-Sharing
Biodiversity, Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property: Developments in Access and Benefit-Sharing (2018)
  • Matthew Rimmer, Queensland University of Technology
Abstract
This chapter considers a number of key chapters of the TPP relating to access to genetic resources, informed consent and benefit-sharing. Part 2 looks at the TPP chapter on Intellectual Property and focuses on access to genetic resources, informed consent and benefit-sharing. In particular, this part considers Indigenous intellectual property in the context of a challenge under the Treaty of Waitangi between the New Zealand government and the Māori. This conflict has raised larger questions about Indigenous sovereignty, investor-state dispute settlement, and plant intellectual property. Part 3 considers the TPP chapter on the Environment, and its treatment of access to genetic resources. Part 4 focuses on the TPP chapter on development, and considers its relevance and implications for biodiversity. The conclusion in Part 5 considers the future of the TPP, and the rival regional agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The conclusion contends that trade agreements in the Pacific Rim should seek to strengthen the regional institutions, networks, and rules in respect of access to genetic resources, informed consent and benefit-sharing.

Keywords
  • Intellectual Property,
  • Biodiscovery,
  • Sustainable Development,
  • Indigenous Intellectual Property,
  • Access to Genetic Resources,
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership,
  • Treaty of Waitangi,
  • International Trade,
  • International Law,
  • Informed Consent,
  • Benefit-Sharing
Publication Date
2018
Editor
Charles Lawson and Kamalesh Adhikari
Publisher
Routledge
Citation Information
Matthew Rimmer, ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Sustainable Development: Access to Genetic Resources, Informed Consent, and Benefit-Sharing’, in Charles Lawson and Kamalesh Adhikari (ed.), Developments in Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources – New Approaches and Opportunities, Abingdon (Oxon) and New York: Routledge, 2018.