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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Current research projects include a research report on Patents on Genetic Resources completed by Dr Roman Cholij which was commissioned by the Geneva based Caritas in Veritate Foundation with a view to helping the Holy See prepare a position during the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) intergovernmental committee negotiations on a new international  treaty on Genetic Resources and IP.

An international conference on patenting of life forms, faith, and social justice is also being planned by the VHI as part of this research project for September 2014 at St Edmund’s College. The conference will be a joint collaboration with the Murphy Institute, St Thomas University, Minnesota, USA.


Dr Roman Cholij (PI)


  • 2013. Patents on Genetic Resources? A Catholic Perspective for the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Research report commissioned by the Caritas in Veritate Foundation at the UN in Geneva (pdf).
  • 2012. "IP in Christian Law", in Intellectual Property Quarterly, Issue 3, 137-148.




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