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Intellectual property treaty doesn’t protect Māori knowledge

11 June 2024

Biopiracy, or the misappropriation of indigenous knowledge – is a well-documented issue that is on the rise.  


The recent Treaty on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge is the first international agreement to place emphasis on this issue. However, the treaty is unlikely to have any real impact in Aotearoa unless more substantial legislation is introduced to protect Māori knowledge and taonga.  

UC Senior Lecturer Above the Bar David Jefferson, discusses the shortfalls of the treaty in an article for The Conversation. Read more>

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David Jefferson is the Secretary of the Knowledge of Oceania Society.

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