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PIC and Benefit Sharing

Wellcome Trust

Project Aims

  • To analyse the decision-making structures in the San / CSIR benefit sharing case.
  • To compare and contrast this case with similar agreements in the developing world.
  • To evaluate the San’s and the CSIR’s perception of the agreement.
  • To draw conclusions and provide ‘lessons learned’ for policy making on obtaining PIC from indigenous communities, benefit sharing negotiations and the sharing of benefits within communities.

Project Lead

Prof. Doris Schroeder, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, Principal Investigator.

Partners

Mr. Roger Chennells, Legal Representative South African San Institute, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Co-applicant.

Prof. Fatima Alvarez-Castillo, University of the Philippines, Manila, the Philippines, Member.

Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Research and Information System for the Non-aligned and Other Developing Countries, India, Member.

Dr. Dafna Feinholz, Executive Director, National Bioethics Commission, Mexico City, Mexico, Member

Dr. Miltos Ladikas, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, Member.

Julie Cook Lucas, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, Researcher (email: JMLucas@uclan.ac.uk )

Saskia Vermeylen, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, Researcher.

Rachel Wynberg, Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Researcher.

External Advisors

Dr. Pamela Andanda, Law School, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Marie-Charlotte Bouesseau, World Health Organisation, Geneva.

Jack Beetson, Aboriginal Philosopher, Australia.

Ms. Carolina Lasen-Diaz, Environmental Law Specialist, Strassbourg.

Prof. Thomas Pogge, University of Columbia, US.

Timeline

2006-2008

Kick-off meeting at Balliol College

Balliol College meeting

From left: Julie Lucas, Roger Chennells, Doris Schroeder, Saskia Vermeylen, Rachel Wynberg and Miltos Ladikas

The first meeting of the core research group took place at Balliol College, Oxford University, in March 2006.
Agenda of the first meeting (.pdf 53KB)

Further Information

News coverage, Cape Town University (.pdf 3.4MB)

Workshop in Cape Town (.pdf 44KB)

Jack Beetson on Benefit Sharing (.pdf 420KB)

Proceedings of Molopo Workshop (.pdf 5MB)

Project Book (.docx 80KB)

San-!Khoba - Prior Informed Consent and Benefit Sharing in the Hoodia Case (.pdf 667KB)