Brendan Tobin has spent the last 25 years working on a wide range of issues relating to intellectual property, environmental law and human rights. He has worked variously in the commercial, non-governmental and research sectors and in 1997 was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship for his work with Indigenous peoples in Peru. His most recent appointments have been as a Research Fellow at Griffith University and the United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama. His current research focuses on the interrelationships between intellectual property, customary law and food security, with particular attention to issues of farmers and livestock keepers' rights, access to genetic resources and protection of traditional knowledge.
Selected Recent Publications
- "Biopiracy by Law: European Union Draft Law Threatens Indigenous Peoples' Rights over their Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources", (2014) 36 (2) European Intellectual Property Review, 124-136.
- 'Open Access Seeds and Breeds: The Role of the Commons in Protecting Farmers and Livestock Keepers' Rights and Food Security', in J. Sanderson and C. Lawson (eds.) The Intellectual Property and Food Project: From Rewarding Innovation and Creation to Feeding the World. Ashgate, (in Press).
- 'Guardians of the Seed: Caring and Sharing of Agrobiodiversity in the Andes', (co-authored with Mario Tapia) in E. Kamau and G. Winter. (eds.) A Common Pools Approach in International Biodiversity Law: Enhancing Sustainable Use of Genetic Resources. Routledge, (In Press).
- 'The Law Giveth and the Law Taketh Away: The Case for Recognition of Customary Law in International ABS and TK Governance', in H. Shrumm and J. Campese (eds.) Policy Matters 17: Exploring the Right to Diversity in Conservation Law, Policy, and Practice. IUCN, 2010
- 'The Role of Customary Law and Practice in the Protection of Traditional Knowledge Related to Biological Diversity', in C. Antons (ed.) Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Intellectual Property Law in the Asia-Pacific Region. Kluwer Law International, 2009
- "Monitoring Compliance under an International ABS Regime: The role of an International Certificate Scheme", (2008) 10(3) Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, 95-111.