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Spoor & Fisher | South Africa | 1 Aug 2022

South African Rooibos Council enters into historic agreement with National Khoisan Council and South African San Council

In July 2022, history was made when the Rooibos industry disbursed the first round of benefit-sharing funds to the National Khoisan Council and the South African San Council as part of an access and benefit sharing agreement that was signed between the parties in 2019. Negotiations between the parties began as far back as 2014, when the Khoisan and San were recognised by the South African......
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Sydney Criminal Lawyers | Australia | 6 Apr 2022

Thorpe Delivers Bill to Establish Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Law

Adopted on 13 September 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a comprehensive document that sets out…
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Pinsent Masons | United Kingdom | 8 Dec 2021

Psychedelics: new frontier for mental health conditions?

Psychedelics are a group of medicines that alter mood and sensory perceptions, and – despite traditionally having mystical connotations – are now known to offer much-needed hope for many debilitating mental health conditions. This article provides a brief history of these medicines and discusses the prospect of them becoming a mainstream treatment for a range of psychiatric disorders in the......
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OMC Abogados & Consultores | Peru | 13 Sep 2021

Biopiracy in Peru

"Biopiracy" is defined as the unauthorised, illegal and irregular access and use of biological resources and their components, or associated traditional knowledge, in the research and development of new products. In Peru, the National Commission Against Biopiracy is the institution in charge of the promotion, protection and defence of biological resources and traditional knowledge.
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Miller Thomson LLP | Canada | 9 Mar 2020

Applying the reasonableness standard to Indigenous consultation requirements

On February 4, 2020, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in Coldwater v. Trans Mountain, 2020 FCA 34 (“Coldwater”), considering legal…
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Finlaysons | Australia | 20 Dec 2019

Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations Regime

On 11 December 2019 the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Hon Ken Wyatt, AM MP, announced a comprehensive review would be undertaken of…
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Fasken | Canada | 16 Dec 2019

Update on Bill 41: With DRIPA as Law, What Can We Expect Next?

On November 28, 2019, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (“DRIPA”) became law. For background on this legislation, please read…
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DLA Piper | New Zealand | 3 Dec 2019

The cost of maintaining New Zealand's indigenous biodiversity

The Government has released a draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB) for comment. Submissions on the draft NPS-IB and…
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Fasken | Canada | 21 Nov 2019

Update on Bill 41: A Catalyst, Not an Immediate Switch, to Align BC’s Laws With UNDRIP

As described in our first bulletin in this series, BC recently introduced Bill 41, draft legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on…
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Fasken | Canada | 15 Nov 2019

Not All Takings Up of Land Within Treaty Territory Trigger the Crown’s Duty to Consult

On October 22, 2019, a majority of the Alberta Court of Appeal (the Honourable Madam Justices Jo'Anne Strekaf and Ritu Khullar), issued its ruling in…
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