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Environment and Sustainable Development: Implications of Biosafety

Annual Call for Projects 2001


This research project on biosafety will focus on issues raised by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety signed in January 2000 in Montreal. The Cartagena Protocol is an important link in the implementation of instruments seeking to protect biodiversity from potential risks brought about by the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It is based on the precautionary principle and provides the introduction of safety norms during transport, use and disposal of GMOs regulated in the Protocol. It authorises importing countries to prohibit the entry of GMOs in cases where information concerning the risks to human health is either incomplete or insufficient. The question of biosafety concerns various areas of the law. First, the conservation and use of biological and genetic resources is regulated in various international environmental law instruments. Second, a number of relevant rules for the management of GMOs are contained in international trade law, in particular in WTO norms.

The grant provided by the GIAN for this project totals SFr 438,000

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Project Team

Prof. Andràs November , Coordinator, Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS) .

Mr Aniket Ghai , Principal Member, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) .

Mr Alain Kaufmann , Principal Member, Science-Society Interface , University of Lausanne .

Mr Pascal Van Griethuysen , Associated Member, Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS) .

Related Links

> RIBios , for more information, visit the web site of the Biosafety Interdisciplinary Network (RIBios).

Research Output

RIBios Paper Book: Publications on GMOs
(available in English and French)
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Biosafety: Stakes and Legal Frameworks (Papers)
(available in English and French)
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GMOs - The Uses of Safety, European Review of Social Sciences, Vilfredo Pareto Paper Book, Part XLII, n° 130

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