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The Right to Seeds and Intellectual Property Rights

On the occassion of the third session of the UN Human Rights Council working group for a Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, Dr. Christophe Golay from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, presented the following “legal analysis on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas: The Right to Seeds and Intellectual Property Rights

Dr. Golay legal analysis draws on the right to seeds in the context of the Declaration on the rights of peasants. He argues for the need to recognize the right to seeds in the Declaration while also addressing the recognition of the right to seeds and intellectual property rights in international and national law, exposing their tensions and presenting alternative ways to resolve this in the Rights of Peasants Declaration and outside the human rights system.

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