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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Abstract

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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ID Code: 90912
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: biopiracy; bioprospecting; land-grabs; environmental justice; Colombia; green criminology
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azv082
ISSN: 0007-0955
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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