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Deep sea sea cucumber.
Marine genetic resources refer to genetic material of marine plant, marine animal, microbial or other origin containing functional units of heredity, which have an actual or potential value.
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Who owns the genetic resources of the deep seas?

Hållbarhet & miljö
Samhälle & ekonomi

In this Sea and Society talk Niels Krabbe discusses the conflict between different legal understandings of the genetic resources of the deep-seas, including the prospects for resolving these issues in the expected new treaty on Biological Diversity Beyond National Jurisdiction.

Webinar
Datum
8 dec 2021
Tid
12:05 - 13:00
Plats
Zoom webinar
Sista anmälningsdag
7 december 2021

Medverkande
Niels Krabbe, Researcher, Department of Law, University of Gothenburg
Arrangör
Centre for Sea and Society
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Portrait of Niels Krabbe.
Niels Krabbe, researcher at the Department of Law, is currently focusing on trade-offs between climate mitigation and biodiversity conservation in marine management.

The deep seas conceal some of the biosphere’s most peculiar life forms. In hydrothermal vents, where life may have begun 3.7 billion years ago, organisms have developed properties to withstand and even thrive under extreme pressure, complete darkness and high temperatures.

In recent years, the interest in using bioactive properties from deep-sea organisms as the basis for pharmaceutical and other biotechnological innovation has increased. This has ignited a lively academic and political debate on the legal status of accessing and claiming legal rights to genetic resources.

About the speaker

Doctor Niels Krabbe is a researcher at the Department of Law at the University of Gothenburg. He teaches and writes in international law of the sea, climate and biodiversity. In June 2021 he defended his thesis Bioprospecting and Deep-sea genetic Resources in a Fragmenting International Law

He is currently focusing on trade-offs between climate mitigation and biodiversity conservation in marine management.

About Sea and Society Talks

Sea and Society Talks  is a lunch seminar series organized by Centre for Sea and Society focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The seminars link goal 14 "Life below water" with the other 16 goals. 

Link to zoom webinar will be sent out after registration.