Hyperownership in a time of biotechnological promise: The international conflict to control the building blocks of life

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

96 Scopus citations

Abstract

This article provides a utilitarian critique of the interplay between patent- based private claims to genetic material favored by developed countries and state ownership favored by developing countries. It argues that collectively these systems have overreached, creating an interactive spiral of excessive enclosure of genetic material that deters biotechnological innovation, generates tension between nations, and threatens individuals and indigenous communities. It proposes a framework for a more open system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-685
Number of pages45
JournalAmerican Journal of International Law
Volume98
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Hyperownership in a time of biotechnological promise: The international conflict to control the building blocks of life'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this