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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.
The recognition of the right to land, a historic demand by peasant movements, is gaining momentum at the international level. This publication takes stock of this major issue of our times. It is the result of major research and inquiry, and the fruit of close collaboration with La Vía Campesina.
Peasants’ Right to Land: Addressing the Existing Implementation and Normative Gaps in International Human Rights Law
González Núñez, Denise, Peasants’ Right to Land: Addressing the Existing Implementation and Normative Gaps in International Human Rights Law (2014). Human Rights Law Review, Volume 14, issue 4, 2014, pages 589-609. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
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Narula, Smita, The Global Land Rush: Markets, Rights, and the Politics of Food (2013). Stanford Journal of International Law, Vol. 49, No. 1, p. 101, 2013; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-42. Available at SSRN
Negotiation of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas
Brief of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, January 2015.