The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources: Analysis and Implementation Options for Developing Countries
Gurdial Singh Nijar, South Centre Research Paper 36 (April 2011)

In this paper, Gurdial Singh Nijar, Professor at the Faculty of Law in the University of Malaya and Malaysia’s representative in the ABS negotiations, analyzes the key components of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS, including its provisions related to traditional knowledge, and presents the options for implementing it in developing countries. He suggests that developing countries’ concerns may be secured through decisions of the Protocol’s Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP). In addition or alternatively, their interests may be expressed in their national ABS law, as the Protocol requires national action to implement its substantive obligations. Download the paper [pdf] …