Skip to main content

Module Reading List

Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions, 2021/22, Semester 2
Professor Graham Dutfield
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

R Andersen and T Winge (eds), Realising farmers' rights to crop genetic resources : success stories and best practices.Routledge, 2013.

MJ Balick, E Elisabetsky and SA Laird (eds), Medicinal resources of the tropical forest : biodiversity and its importance to human health. Columbia University Press, 1996

MF Brown, ‘Can culture be copyrighted? ’ Current anthropology. 39(2): 193-222, 1998.

MF Brown, ‘Heritage trouble: recent work on the protection of intangible cultural property’. International journal of cultural property 12: 40-61, 2005.

T Bubela and ER Gold (eds), Genetic resources and traditional knowledge : case studies and conflicting interests. Edward Elgar, 2012.

A Chander and M Sunder, ‘The romance of the public domain’. California Law Review 92, 2004.

J Chen, ‘There’s no such things as biopiracy... and it’s a good thing too’. McGeorge Law Review 36: 1-35, 2005.

C Chiarolla. Intellectual property, agriculture and global food security : the privatization of crop diversity. Edward Elgar, 2011.

JL & J Comaroff,  Ethnicity IncUniversity of Chicago Press, 2009.

P Drahos, Intellectual property, indigenous people and their knowledge. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

G Dutfield, ‘A critical analysis of the debate on traditional knowledge, drug discovery and drug-based biopiracy’. European intellectual property review. April, 2011.

G Dutfield, Intellectual property, biogenetic resources and traditional knowledge. Earthscan, 2004.

G Dutfield, ‘Promoting local innovation as a development strategy’. Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization 1(3): 67-77, 2006.

WP Falcon and C Fowler, ‘Carving up the commons – emergence of a new international regime for germplasm development and transfer’. Food policy. 27: 197-222, 2002.

CH Farley, ‘Protecting folklore of indigenous peoples: is intellectual property the answer? ’ Connecticut Law Review 30(1): 1-57, 1997.

M Forsyth and S Farran, Weaving intellectual property policy in small island developing states. Intersentia, 2015.

L Foster, Reinventing hoodia : peoples, plants, and patents in South Africa ISBN: 9780295742182 paperback alkaline paper; 9780295742175 hardcover alkaline paper; 0295742178 hardcover alkaline paper; 0295742186 paperback alkaline paper. University of Washington Press, 2017.

C Fowler and P Mooney, The threatened gene : food, politics and the loss of genetic diversity Lutterworth, 1991.

E Frison, F Lopez and J Esquinas-Alcazar (eds), Plant genetic resources and food security : stakeholder perspectives on the international treaty on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Earthscan, 2011.

F Girard and C Frison (eds), The Commons, Plant Breeding and Agricultural Research: Challenges for Food Security and Agrobiodiversity. Routledge, 2018.

L Glowka et al, A guide to the Convention on Biological Diversity. IUCN, 1994.

CB Graber and M Burri-Nenova (eds), Intellectual property and traditional cultural expressions in a digital environment. Edward Elgar, 2008

S Greene, ‘Indigenous people incorporated? culture as politics, culture as property in pharmaceutical bioprospecting’. Current anthropology. 45(2): 211-37.

AK Gupta, ‘From sink to source’. Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization 1(3): 49-66, 2006.

V Hafstein, Making Intangible Heritage: El Condor Pasa and Other Stories from UNESCO. Indiana University Press, 2018

M Halewood,I Lopez Noriega and S Louafi (eds), Crop genetic resources as a global commons : challenges in international law and governance. Earthscan, 2012.

C Hamilton, ‘Biodiversity, biopiracy and benefits: what allegations of biopiracy tell us about intellectual property’. Developing world bioethics. 6(3): 158-73, 2006.

S Ives, Steeped in Heritage: The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea. Duke University Press, 2017 

T Janke, Minding Culture: Case-Studies on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions. WIPO.C Joyce, Earthly goods : medicine-hunting in the rainforest. Little Brown, 1994.

K ten Kate and SA Laird, The commercial use of biodiversity : access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing. Earthscan, 1999.

EC Kamau and G Winter (eds), Genetic resources, traditional knowledge and the law : solutions for access and benefit sharing. Earthscan, 2009.

P Kuruk, Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Customary Law and Intellectual Property: A Global Primer. Edward Elgar, 2020.

SA Laird (ed.), Biodiversity and traditional knowledge : equitable partnerships in practice. Earthscan, 2002.

WH Lewis and V Ramani, ‘Ethics and practice in ethnobiology: analysis of the International Cooperative Biodiversity Group Project in Peru’, in CR McManis (ed.), 394-412. [see below for book details]

M Lightbourne, Food security, biological diversity, and intellectual property rights. Ashgate, 2009.

CR McManis (ed.), Biodiversity and the law : intellectual property, biotechnology and traditional knowledge: Earthscan, 2007.

CR McManis and B Ong (eds), Routledge handbook of biodiversity and the law ISBN: 9781138693302 (hardback); 9781315530857 (ebook): Routledge, 2018.

SR Munzer and K Raustiala, ‘The uneasy case for intellectual property rights in traditional knowledge’. Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal 27: 38-97.

C O'Grady Walshe, Globalisation and Seed Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan AfricaPalgrave, 2019.

AB Osseo-Assare, Bitter roots : the search for healing plants in Africa. University of Chicago Press, 2014.

M Rimmer, Indigenous intellectual property : a handbook of contemporary research. Edward Elgar, 2015.

DF Robinson, Confronting biopiracy : challenges, cases and international debates. Earthscan, 2010.

DF Robinson, Biodiversity, access and benefit-sharing : global case studies. Earthscan, 2014.

DF Robinson, A Abdel-Latif and P Roffe, (eds) Protecting traditional knowledge : the WIPO Intergovernmental Committees on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore ISBN: 9781317354857 (e-book)Routledge/Earthscan, 2017

J Rosenthal, ‘Politics, culture and governance in the development of prior informed consent and negotiated agreements with indigenous communities’, in CR McManis (ed.), Biodiversity and the law : intellectual property, biotechnology and traditional knowledge: Earthscan, 2007.373-93.

M Ruiz, Genetic resources as natural information : implications for the Convention on Biological Diversity and Nagoya protocol. Routledge, 2015.

J Santilli, Agrobiodiversity and the law : regulating genetic resources, food security and cultural diversity. Earthscan, 2012.

V Shiva, ‘North-South conflicts in intellectual property rights’. Peace Review 12(4): 501-8, 2000.

SM Subramanian and B Pisupati (eds), Traditional knowledge in policy and practice : approaches to development and human well-being. United Nations University Press, 2010.

T Swanson (ed.) Intellectual property rights and biodiversity conservation : an interdisciplinary analysis of the values of medicinal plants. Cambridge University Press, 1995.   

T Swanson, Global action for biodiversity : an international framework for implementing the convention on biological diversity. Earthscan, 1997.

G Tansey and T Rajotte (eds), The future control of food : a guide to international negotiations and rules on intellectual property, biodiversity and food security. Earthscan/IDRC, 2008.

B Tobin, Indigenous peoples, customary law and human rights - why living law matters. Routledge, 2014.

B Tobin, ‘Redefining perspectives in the search for protection of traditional knowledge: a case study from Peru’. RECIEL 10(1), 47-64, 2001. Available online

S Twarog and P Kapoor (eds), Protecting and Promoting Traditional Knowledge: Systems, National Experiences and International Dimensions. United Nations, 2004. Available online:

S Vermeylen, ‘Contextualizing 'fair' and 'equitable': the San's reflections on the hoodia benefit-sharing agreement’. Local environment. 12(4): 423-36, 2007.

JH Vogel (ed), The museum of bioprospecting, intellectual property, and the public domain : a place, a process, a philosophy. Anthem, 2010.

R Wynberg, ‘Rhetoric, realism and benefit-sharing: use of traditional knowledge of hoodia species in the development of an appetite suppressant’. Journal of world intellectual property 7(6): 851-876, 2004.

R Wynberg, D Schroeder & R Chennells, eds, Indigenous peoples, consent and benefit sharing : lessons from the San-Hoodia case, Springer, 53-67, 2009.

PK Yu, ‘Cultural relics, intellectual property, and intangible heritage’. Temple Law Review 81: 1-59, 2008.

D Zografos, Intellectual property and traditional cultural expressions in a digital environment. Edward Elgar, 2010.

This list was last updated on 22/04/2021