Land-grabs, biopiracy and the inversion of justice in Colombia
Goyes, David Rodríguez & South, Nigel (2016) Land-grabs, biopiracy and the inversion of justice in Colombia. British Journal of Criminology, 56, pp. 558-577.
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The possibility of commercially exploiting plant, animal and human genetic resources unlocked by biotechnology has given rise to a wide range of cultural, environmental, ethical and economic conflicts. While supporters describe this activity as bioprospecting, critics refer to it as biopiracy. According to this latter view, international legal agreements and treaties have disregarded opposition and legalized the possibility of appropriating genetic resources and their derivative products through the use of patents. The legal framework that permits the appropriation of natural genetic products in Colombia also criminalizes aspects of traditional ways of life and enables a legally approved but socially harmful land-grabbing process. The article describes these processes and impact in terms of the inversion of justice and the erosion of environmental sustainability.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||biopiracy; bioprospecting; land-grabs; environmental justice; Colombia; green criminology|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 The Author(s)|
|Deposited On:||10 Dec 2015 03:50|
|Last Modified:||10 Jun 2016 01:33|
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