Farmers Rights versus Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property right is among the key areas that have
attracted the attention of globalization and its globalizing forces
while at the same time severely impacting upon sections of
societies that are not direct beneficiaries of globalization.
Patents or other forms of intellectual property rights over plant
genetic resources joined the spectrum of patentable subject maters
with the globalization of such rights through a shift of regime
under the UN system to a stronger regime under the WTO system.
Counter measures were underway by several developing countries in
other international regimes among which was, farmers' rights
movement. Hence, this book addresses the potential in the
articulation of farmers' rights as a counter limit to
globalization of intellectual property rights in particular to
plant genetic resources. It takes the context of Ethiopia on the
verge of the Country's decision to join the WTO while remaing a
biggest advocate of farmers' rights.
Robel Ephrem Mebratu studied his LL.B degree at the College of Law, Haramaya University: Haramaya; Ethiopia. He earned his LL.M degree in Law in Development from the University of Warwick's Ethiopia Project in March 2011. He is currently a Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, Dire Dawa University; Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.
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