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19 Colo. J. Int'l Envtl. L. & Pol'y 219 (2008)
Biopiracy, Trade, and Sustainable Development

handle is hein.journals/colenvlp19 and id is 225 raw text is: Biopiracy, Trade, and Sustainable
By Lorna Dwyer*
This article addresses the misappropriation of traditional knowledge
by multinational corporations. It provides examples of biopiracy and
evaluates the confrontations and arguments that have been raised
between developing and developed countries regarding patent protection
of traditional knowledge. Additionally, it briefly analyzes the divergent
and conflicting approaches to the problem that international treaties and
organizations have taken to date. Finally, the article proposes a number
of strategies and recommends specific actions that developing countries
should take to enhance protection of their traditional knowledge and
indigenous cultures.
* Professor Lorna Dwyer was born in Bogotd-Colombia and received her jurist-doctor
degree from Santo Tomas University in 1985. She specialized in Commercial law at Los
Andes University and graduated from the LLM program in American and Comparative
Law at University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Professor Dwyer served as a judge
for approximately two years and later founded Burgos and Associates law firm and
practiced law for 17 years in Colombia. Her firm specialized in consultation and litigation
in both civil and commercial law. In addition to her law practice, Professor Dwyer taught
law at three Colombian universities for more than 15 years to include Bar exam
preparation courses. Professor Dwyer taught Corporate Transactions in Latin America at
University of Colorado Law School and recently worked with an American firm
developing low income housing projects in Latin America. She may be reached by email:
lornaeburgos@yahoo.com. The author would like to dedicate this work to her husband
Billy Dwyer and her son Camilo. Without their love and support, this work, as with most
of her achievements, would not have been possible.

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