Golay, C. (2020). Research Brief. The right to seeds and Intelectual Property Rights. (PDF, 138KB)

International law offers a number of opportunities for and challenges to the protection of the right to seeds. This Research Brief contains a presentation of the right to seeds and intellectual property in international law, as well as of their inherent tensions. It also outlines the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP) definition of the right to seeds and states’ obligations under international human rights law, and it explains why these shall prevail over other international instruments, as well as national and regional laws and policies.