An international approach to establishing a competent authority to manage and protect traditional knowledge
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- Journal Article
- Alternative Law Journal, 2019, 44 (1), pp. 48 - 55
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© The Author(s) 2018. This article discusses the establishment of a Competent Authority in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol to ensure that traditional knowledge of Indigenous communities is accessed subject to free, prior and informed consent and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of such use. It builds on research expressing the view that the design and development of a Competent Authority should take a grass roots approach. It analyses the authorities established in the Cook Islands and Vanuatu that include significant Indigenous voice and concludes with comments on the attributes of each system and its limitations.
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