On February 4, 2014, an international seminar titled “Toward Access and a Benefits Sharing Model of Marine Biological Resources in the Asia-Pacific Region” was held at the WSRSL. This event was co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Program, Hawaii Procurement Institute, Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professorship for Business Law, East-West Center, Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, and Seoul National University Center for Energy and Environmental Law & Policy. The seminar tackled the topic of access and benefits sharing (ABS) of marine genetic resources by posing technically challenging and legally complex issues, in the context of the Convention of Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and other intellectual property instruments. Distinguished speakers included Jae-Hyup Lee (Seoul National University), Erika Techera (University of Western Australia), Danielle Conway, John Leitner (Baker Botts, NYC), Leighton Chong (Blue Revolutions Hawaii), and Maria Robben ’14. Conveners and discussants included Maxine Burkett, Jisuk Woo (Seoul National University), David Forman, Sherry Broder, and Hyi Seung Lee (Marine Biotechnology Research, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology) who chaired panels and commented on presentations. The seminar drew participants from Hawaii, Korea, Australia, Brazil, and the mainland U.S. Please click this link to see a list of topics and sponsors.
Photo: Jae-Hyup Lee gave the inaugural presentation