Geographical indications and indigenous intellectual property

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In this chapter the term “Indigenous’ in ‘Indigenous intellectual property’ is taken to imply a legal order that persists but has been deprived of its previously sovereign status. It has been rendered subordinate by an introduced nominative system. Thus ‘Indigenous intellectual property law’ exists but cannot be universally enforced within the relevant jurisdiction. (…)
The simplest solution to the ‘problem’ of enforcement of Indigenous law applying to cultural expressions and technical knowledge, is to restore its sovereign status; i.e. to recognise that it has at least the same status as a source of law as introduced law. A number of Australian law reform bodies have considered, but rejected this solution , so that Aboriginal ‘customary’ law remains subordinate notwithstanding the fact that Aboriginal people are now recognised as having a ‘unique status’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous intellectual property
Subtitle of host publicationA handbook of contemporary research
EditorsM Rimmer
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781781955901
ISBN (Print)9781781955895
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2015


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