SOAS University of London

Towards an international regime on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity – Will the international community succeed in developing a fair regime?

Prof. Carlos María Correa (Executive Director of the South Centre, Geneva)

Date: 6 June 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 6 June 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Lecture

Abstract: There is a need to address, on an urgent basis, the conservation and sustainable use of marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdictions. The development of an international instrument under the Convention on the Law of the Sea may provide a framework to fill the gaps in the current international regime. There are, however, many legal and technical issues and differences among countries that reflect asymmetries in the capacity to exploit such resources. This lecture will address these issues and discuss the way forward to create a fair and effective international framework on the matter.

Professor Carlos María Correa is Executive Director of the South Centre since 1 July 2018 and a renowned international authority on intellectual property and technology issues. Professor Correa has worked with the Argentine government and has been the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Industrial Property and Economics (CEIDIE) at the Law Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires.  He was a member of the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health established by the World Health Assembly and of the FAO Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture.

He has been a visiting professor in post-graduate courses of several universities and consultant to various regional and international organizations. He has advised several governments on intellectual property, innovation policy and public health. He is the author of several books and numerous articles.

Professor Correa is both a lawyer and economist from the University of Buenos Aires and holds a PhD in Law from the University of Buenos Aires.

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