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Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property

WIPO Research Lab: Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge


NYU Law's Globlex's Foreign Law Research

  • guides to legal research in dozens of foreign countries, written by experts

CIA World Factbook, Country Guides

  • provides brief, current information on nearly every country of the world, in areas such as government, economy, and people/society

University of Ottawa's JuriGlobe

  • an overview of which country follows which legal system (civil law, common law, Muslim law, customary law, mixed)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Traditional Knowledge

WIPO's Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.

  • links to documents from 29 sessions and 3 intersessional working groups

WIPO, Regional Study in the Andean Countries. Customary Law in the Protection of Traditional Knowledge (2006).

World Trade Organization

Dr. Jane Alexander. Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property. (2010 paper)

  • discusses "misuse of indigenous knowledge" and "alternatives regimes" among other topics

ABS' Knowledge Center

  • World, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific ("traditional knowledge" and other topics are searchable)