Catherine Rhodes To Deliver Online Lecture On International Pandemics Governance 11 June

GCRI’s next online lecture will be given by Catherine Rhodes, who is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation at University of Manchester.

Here is the full talk info:

Sovereign Wrongs: Ethics in the Governance of Pathogenic Genetic Resources
Tuesday 11 June, 17:00 GMT (10:00 Los Angeles, 13:00 New York, 18:00 London)
To be held online via Skype. RSVP required by email to Seth Baum (seth [at] Space is limited.

Abstract: This presentation examines the implications of a new international approach to the governance of viruses such as H5N1 as a form of genetic resource, arguing that the approach is flawed and creates more problems than it solves. In opposition to this approach (which centres on state sovereign rights and access and benefit-sharing based on those rights), I argue for a modified common heritage approach to governance of pathogenic genetic resources and a de-linking of access and benefit-sharing requirements.

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Seth Baum is Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute.
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