Legal and Policy Issues
Edited by Christoph Beat Graber, Karolina Kuprecht and Jessica Christine Lai
Chapter 7: International trade in indigenous cultural heritage: an IP practitioners’ perspective
Indigenous cultural heritage (ICH) – which includes moveable and immoveable cultural property, traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) – has been an important topic at the international level for a number of years. ICH and its sub-elements have been discussed in different international fora, each with its own focus and addressing different aspects of ICH. These fora include the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and various human rights bodies. Participating in these discussions are stakeholders with greatly diverging views and interests, namely developed and developing countries, indigenous peoples, scientists, artists, private industry, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the public at large.
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