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Plant Variety Protection Debates: Connecting Law, Science and Social Science

Location: Oculus Room 1.07

The World Trade Organisation’s obligation for all members to protect plant varieties as set out in Article 27.3b of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights raises debates about appropriate systems of protection. To unpack these debates, the multidisciplinary conference will explore the process and importance of plant breeding, definition of plant varieties, conditions for protecting new plant varieties, as well as existing systems of protection. The conference will also address the future of intellectual property rights for plant varieties considering global discussions on agroecology, climate change, food security and food sovereignty.

The objectives of the conference are:

  • To provide a platform for law, science and social science researchers to exchange knowledge about plant variety protection
  • To bring together key organisations and stakeholders involved in plant variety protection to discuss recent developments
  • To contribute to discussions on the pending review of the plant variety protection provision in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Art. 27.3b)

The Conference is open to students, researchers, academics, lawyers, plant breeders, farmers, civil society organisations and international organisations interested in food, agriculture and intellectual property rights.

For further details please use the following link

This one day Conference is free but registration is essential. Please register your interest to attend this event to Titilayo Adebola at


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