Access to and use of marine genetic resources: understanding the legal framework

Laura E. Lallier*, Oonagh McMeel, Thomas Greiber, Thomas Vanagt, Alan D. W. Dobson, Marcel Jaspars

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With the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol in 2010, an additional legal instrument under the Convention on Biological Diversity (1992), the legal landscape surrounding the access to and utilization of genetic resources will change. This is likely to impact working procedures for scientists, turning pre-existing ethics into legal obligations. The aim of this article is to inform scientists on the global access and benefit-sharing framework which has been set by the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol, focusing specifically on their application to marine genetic resources for which the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982) also has relevance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-616
Number of pages5
JournalNatural Product Reports
Issue number5
Early online date26 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.

This work was supported by the PharmaSea project funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme, and reects only the authors' views. Contract number 312184.


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