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Benefit Sharing

From Biodiversity to Human Genetics

Schroeder, Doris, Cook Lucas, Julie (Eds.)

2013, XXVII, 234 p. 4 illus. in color.

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  • First comprehensive analysis of benefit sharing in relation to human biological resources
  • The result of global collaboration between academics, policy advisors and policy makers from developed and developing countries
  • Provides urgently needed recommendations for an unresolved problem in international research ethics and governance
  • Multi-disciplinary, global authorship and case study approach make book suitable for wide audience

Biomedical research is increasingly carried out in low- and middle-income countries. International consensus has largely been achieved around the importance of valid consent and protecting research participants from harm. But what are the responsibilities of researchers and funders to share the benefits of their research with research participants and their communities? After setting out the legal, ethical and conceptual frameworks for benefit sharing, this collection analyses seven historical cases to identify the ethical and policy challenges that arise in relation to benefit sharing. A series of recommendations address possible ways forward to achieve justice for research participants in low- and middle-income countries.


Benefit sharing is a highly important topic and this publication is a welcome contribution to an under-researched field. Doris Schroeder is one of the world’s leading bio-ethicists and has an outstanding reputation in the area of benefit sharing and ethics. Many of the other authors are also of excellent standing. The book is invaluable in bringing together a body of knowledge, theory and practice that has hitherto been fragmented and patchy.


Rachel Wynberg, Professor and Deputy Director, Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Benefit sharing is becoming a salient issue in the fields of bioethics, medical research, development, and the patenting of genes. This book will provide useful insights helping to design more effective benefit sharing regimes. I am deeply impressed by the book's comprehensiveness and the interesting and remarkable range of contributors.


Graham Dutfield, Professor of International Governance, University of Leeds, UK and author of Intellectual Property Rights and the Life Science Industries


Doris Schroeder's work has played an unmatched role in setting the international benefit-sharing agenda. In this impressive collection, which analyses examples of innovative benefit-sharing practice and provides a wide-ranging critical analysis of current thinking on benefit sharing, Doris Schroeder and Julie Cook Lucas offer an acute and perceptive assessment of the major and pressing challenges that need to be addressed in this area.


Michael Parker, Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, UK



Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Benefit Sharing - Biodiversity - Genetic resources - Indigenous peoples - Justice

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - International, Foreign and Comparative Law - Medicine - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Chapter 1 Benefit Sharing - From Biodiversity to Human Genetics: An Introduction

Chapter 2 Exploring Central Philosophical Concepts in Benefit Sharing: Vulnerability, Exploitation and Undue Inducement

Chapter 3 Legal Frameworks for Benefit Sharing: From Biodiversity to Human Genomics

Chapter 4 Sharing Traditional Knowledge: Who benefits? Cases from India, Nigeria, Mexico and South Africa

Chapter 5 Donating Human Samples: Who Benefits? Cases from Iceland, Kenya and Indonesia

Chapter 6 Fair for Women? A Gender Analysis of Benefit Sharing

Chapter 7 Promoting an Inclusive Approach to Benefit Sharing: Expanding the Scope of the CBD?

Chapter 8 Realizing Benefit Sharing: Is there a Role forEthics Review?*

Chapter 9 Beyond Benefit Sharing: Steps Towards Realizing the Human Right to Health

Chapter 10 Towards Best Practice for Benefit Sharing Involving Access to Human Biological Resources: Conclusions and Recommendations



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