[Reminder]:Online lecture: Graham Dutfield, 'The Beyond Intellectual Property Moment in Historical Context', 7 June 2023
Upcoming People, Plants and the Law lecture
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Graham Dutfield (University of Leeds) The Beyond Intellectual Property
Moment in Historical Context**
In 1996, a book called “Beyond Intellectual Property” was published by
International Development Research Centre. Intellectually, legally, and
politically shifts were taking place and interacting with each other in some
quite remarkable ways. Certain individuals played a big part in this, and
nobody did more than the book’s main author Darrell Posey. For Darrell, the
book was a logical and hugely compelling extension both of his scientific work
on the ethno-ecological practices of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon, and of
his environmental activism.
Date:Wednesday 7 June 2023
Time: 4pm-5pm AEST
Graham Dutfield is Professor of International Governance at the University of
Leeds. As such he has a keen interest, going back several decades, in
governance of technology, knowledge and property in the context of such major
global challenges as public health, food security, biodiversity conservation,
ecosystems management, and climate change.
His research on intellectual property crosses several disciplines, including
law, history, politics, economics and anthropology. More general scholarly
interests include the law, science and business of creativity and technical
innovation from the enlightenment to the present, especially in the life
Among his most recent publications are a second edition of Dutfield and
Suthersanen on Global Intellectual Property Law, and a history of the
pharmaceutical industry called That High Design of Purest Gold: A Critical
History of the Pharmaceutical Industry, 1880-2020.
About the People, Plants and the Law Online Lecture Series
The People, Plants, and the Law online lecture series
explores the legal and lively entanglements of human and
Today people engage with and relate to plants in diverse and sometimes
divergent ways. Seeds—and the plants that they produce—may be receptacles
of memory, sacred forms of sustenance, or sites of resistance in struggles
over food sovereignty. Simultaneously, they may be repositories of gene
sequences, Indigenous knowledge, bulk commodities, or key components of
economic development projects and food security programs.
This lecture series explores the special role of the law in shaping these
different engagements, whether in farmers’ fields, scientific laboratories,
international markets, or elsewhere.
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This lecture series is a partnership between The University of Queensland, The
ARC Laureate Project Harnessing Intellectual Property to Build Food Security,
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature & Agriculture, and
The ARC Uniquely Australian Foods Training Centre.
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Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing
connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging.
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