International Development Law Organization

Advancing the Nagoya Protocol

A new, innovative legal norm has emerged with the 2014 entry in force of the Nagoya Protocol – an international text promoting “fair and equitable benefit sharing.” The Protocol recognizes that genetic resources are the raw ingredients for innovation in medicines, biotechnology, cosmetics, food and beverages. Yet benefits rarely trickle down to the communities that nurture these resources. IDLO is working with countries to turn the ambitions of the Nagoya Protocol into realities on the ground, for the benefit of economies, people and the planet.

Countries need to establish a legal framework for this new legal norm to work as a necessary first-step, but cut and paste legal solutions will not work here. No model law exists and the potential - and perils – of promoting research and commercialization of genetic resources as a tool for national development differs in each country. Together with the CBD Secretariat and with the support of the Japan Biodiversity Fund, IDLO is ensuring that countries have their own legal advisors to guide the processes and face the challenges of building up a new legal structure that will succeed in the long-term.

  • E-Learning courses: Learn about the core requirements of the Nagoya Protocol and the steps to take to build legal frameworks to implement it. Eight new modules are freely available. 
  • Capacity building courses: IDLO organizes courses for national lawyers and policy-officers using the latest interactive methodologies to ensure professionals gain the knowledge, skills and networks they need to be effective. Learn more here
  • IDLO Alumni network: IDLO supports a growing network of ABS legal professionals to stay connected and continue sharing their advances, through newsletters, a website, and online and face-to-face events. See the map below to see where to find IDLO Alumni working on ABS issues.

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Course Report: 

Establishing measures to implement the Nagoya Protocol