Chapter 24

The African Union Model Law for theProtection of the Rights of LocalCommunities Farmers and Breedersand the Regulation of Access toBiological Resources1

Johnson A Ekpere

THE OAU INITIATIVE: RATIONALE ANDESSENTIAL FEATURES

The Organization of African Unity (OAU) Model Law was developed as a direct response to the decision taken and the directive given by the OAU Council of Ministers in 1988. As its title suggests, it is an effort to create a sui generis system of protection of the rights of local communities, farmers and breeders and for the regulation of access to biological resources. It was developed through a process of regional, subregional and national consultation of stakeholders, and informed public debate. The objective of ...

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