The Production of Indigenous Knowledge in Intellectual Property Law
Question: My name is Marie Samuel. I am with the NGO Yachy Wasi, based in Peru and New York. I am not indigenous but our constituency is. I am glad to see WIPO is there, but at the same time I have a question. As you know the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has been adopted. I assume that one of the questions that they will deal with is traditional knowledge. Now I see that there is a panel of scholars, but you do not have an indigenous representative speaking from their point of view . . . Professor Hugh Hansen: May I ask you a question? From which indigenous group should we have had a representative? Questioner: It could have been any indigenous group. Professor Hugh Hansen: What would they have said that was not said today or that you did not say? Questioner: Well it is like speaking about a dead body or something. The person is not there to speak. Apparently none of you are indigenous. It would have been good to have an indigenous point of view. That is my point. Professor Hugh Hansen: Okay. I might say we did put out a word to invite some NGOs to speak and, for whatever reason it never happened. But there was an invitation.1 So far this book has focused on the social, economic, political and individual inﬂuences that have produced the category of indigenous knowledge in Australian intellectual property law. In particular it has considered the way in which...