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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

A chapter authored by Dr Kathy Liddell (LML Director), Dr John Liddicoat, and Mr Matt Jordan has been published in T Minssen, J R Hermann and J Schovsbo (eds.) Global Genes, Local Concerns- Legal, Ethical and Scientific Challenges in International Biobanking (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019).

The chapter, ‘IP Policies for Large Bioresources: The fiction, fantasy and future of openness’, highlights two fictions:  first, that the idea of 'openness' is clearly defined; and second, that bioresources are committed to openness. The chapter then argues that harmonisation of bioresources' access policies is largely a fantasy, and it challenges the view that bioresources should be working towards the goal of harmonised policies of openness.

With interdisciplinary chapters written by lawyers, sociologists, doctors and biobank practitioners, Global Genes, Local Concerns identifies and discusses the most pressing issues in contemporary biobanking. It contributes to the continued development of international biobanking by highlighting and analysing the complexities in this important area of research.

More information about the book can be found here.