Category Archives: Environmental Law

Canadian Supreme Court: Claimants May Seek to Enforce Ecuadorian Judgment against Chevron in Ontario

On 4 September 2015, Canada’s highest court dismissed arguments by US petrochemical company Chevron that Canadian courts cannot hear proceedings to enforce the US$ 9.51 billion judgment of an Ecuadorian court against it. Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje, 2015 SCC 42. The … Continue reading

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Ecuador: Change Constitution to Protect Traditional Knowledge

  Ecuador’s national government has proposed to amend the country’s constitution to provide special protections against the misappropriation of traditional knowledge and biological diversity. Propuesta de enmiendas constitucionales sobre la protección de los Saberes Ancestrales y la Biodiversidad del Ecuador, Secretaría … Continue reading

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Brazilian Court Annuls Approval to Commercialize Transgenic Corn

A federal appellate court in Porto Alegre, Brazil nullified a government commission’s approval for commercial release of the transgenic corn (maize) product known as LibertyLink. See Processo 5000629-66.2012.404.7000 (Tribunal Regional Federal da 4ª Região 13 Mar. 2014). APPROVAL OF RELEASE LEADS … Continue reading

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Honduras Signs Nagoya Protocol

Earlier this week, Honduras acceded to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. Honduras suscribe Protocolo de Nagoya, El Heraldo (Aug. 14, 2013). In doing so, the Central … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan Congress Approves Biological Diversity Law

On September 5, 2012, the National Assembly of Nicaragua approved a new Law for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity. Dictamen de Proyecto de Ley de Conservación y Utilización Sostenible de la Diversidad Biológica. The law implements provisions … Continue reading

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European Commission Proposes to Implement Nagoya Protocol

Yesterday the European Commission proposed adoption of a regulation to implement the Nagoya Protocol Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.  COM(2012) 576 final, 2012/0278 … Continue reading

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Indian Cabinet Approves Nagoya Protocol Ratification

Yesterday, India’s Union Cabinet gave its approval for ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Press Release, Ratification of Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing by … Continue reading

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Mexico Joins Treaty on GMO Liability & Compensation

On September 26, 2012,the secretary of Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) formally notified the United Nations that Mexico has ratified the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, a treaty that deals with … Continue reading

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Malaysia’s Draft Biological Resources Access & Benefits Law Open For Comment

This week Malaysia’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) published for public review and comment a draft Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Act. The bill is intended to implement the provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity … Continue reading

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Salvadoran Proposal To Ratify Nagoya Protocol Highlights Genetic Resources Legal Issues

A commission of El Salvador’s national Legislative Assembly has been conducting a wide-ranging consultation of various stakeholders in connection with the proposed ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits … Continue reading

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