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Patents on Life: Law and Social Ethics | Book Launch

When Mar 13, 2020
from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Garden Room (Library Building), St Edmund's College
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A programme on Patents on Life: Law and Social Ethics marking publication of the Cambridge University Press book, Patents on Life: Religious, Moral, and Social Justice Aspects of Biotechnology and Intellectual Property (Berg, Cholij, and Ravenscroft eds., 2019).

The book covers an array of globally debated issues concerning the ownership of rewards from biotechnology, and the scope of moral or social-justice limits on patents or on licensing practices.

It offers a unique collection of legal, ethical, political, and religious perspectives on:

  • Patenting of gene-sequence material
  • Use of traditional knowledge and genetic resources: "bioprospecting" or "biopiracy"?
  • Patents on genetically engineered crops: their effect on farmers' productivity and autonomy
  • Patents on gene-editing technology
  • Patents and access to biologic drugs

This event—to which we welcome lawyers, policymakers, NGO leaders, ethicists, and religious scholars and leaders—will introduce this rich assortment of perspectives, framed by remarks from prominent academic and judicial voices.


This volume is the result of a four-year collaborative project between the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota.

Link to the book at CUP website

Link to the closing chapter (open access)


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