CIGI Side Event [co-organized with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative]

Monday, November 26, 2018 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Sharm-el Sheikh, Egypt
Private Event: Panel Discussion
  • Valerie Normand
  • Timothy Hodges
  • Pierre du Plessis
  • Margo Bagley
  • Christopher H. C. Lyal
Nov 26

Participation in this event is by invitation only

Do We Need a Global Benefit Sharing Mechanism, and How Could it Work?


With the growing experience of implementing the Nagoya Protocol, the issue of a global multilateral benefit sharing mechanism, as proposed in Article 10 of the Protocol, is generating increased attention.  In examining the key needs, modalities and rationale for such a mechanism, issues such as shared TK, transboundary resources and digital sequence information (DSI) have featured prominently.  As part of efforts to contribute to this debate, this panel will discuss some of the key needs and modalities within the current benefit sharing system that compel action with respect to a global multilateral benefit sharing mechanism.  Recognizing remaining uncertainties surrounding these justifications and concerns over the modalities of establishing such a mechanism, panelists will provide reflections from relevant regimes and case studies in responding to the development of an effective benefit sharing regime. 

Event Speakers

Valerie Normand

Senior Program Officer, Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity (TBC)

Timothy Hodges

Professor, McGill University, Canada and former Co-Chair of the Nagoya Protocol Negotiating Committee

Pierre du Plessis

ABS Advisor, African Union

Margo Bagley

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University, and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Christopher H. C. Lyal

PhD. Scientific Associate, Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum