This section is divided in three parts


Background Documents

  • IELRC Background paper
    This paper has been written especially for the COP/MOP and starts by studying environmental liability in general and biotechnology in particular. It then move on to describe the socio-economic aspects and patent liability, the relevance of existing regimes before proposing improvments for the development of liability and redress regimes at the national and international levels.
    Copies of this paper will be included in a package that IELRC prepared for COP/MOP, and will be available at the side-events.
    Note that an executive summary is also available for download on this site.

  • Liability and GMOs: Towards a Redress Regime in Biosafety Protocol
    published in Economic & Political Weekly
    vol. 39, 14 February 2004 (by P. Cullet).

  • Report of the Workshop on Liability and Redress
    organised by IELRC and RIBios in Mombasa, Kenya in September 2003.
    See below (under General Information) for the link to the website of the workshop. There you can find, in addition to the report itself, the slides of the presentation, the final statment and further information on the participants.


Presentations & Slides

25 February

Keynote - Ambassador Beat Nobs

  1. Specificities of Liability in the Context of Biotechnology
  2. Existing Rules on Liability and Identified Gaps
  3. Liability Regimes: Illustrations from Switzerland
  4. Suggestions for the Development of an International Liability and Redress Regime


26 February
  1. Liability and Environmental Damage: The Indian Experience
  2. Switzerland: Specificities of the Federal Law relating to Non-human Gene Technology
  3. Liability in the context of biotechnology: Patent Related Cases in North America


General Information

Mombasa Workshop on Liability and Redress, 2003
organised by IELRC and RIBios in Mombasa, Kenya in September 2003

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety homepage
The official website of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

COP/MOP1 Documents
The page where to find all official documents.

Calendar of Side-events at COP/MOP 1

Daily web coverage of the First Conference of the Parties / Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP1) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape - International Division

International Environmental Law Research Centre














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