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Patentability, Global Development and Ethical Considerations of Bioprinting

This article seeks to inform the potential of bioprinting (3D printing of human organs), the legal aspects of the technology, its patentability, regulation, and ethical considerations. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) has already granted some bioprinting patents and many more patent applications are pending.2 Although these patents are presumed valid, the validity of some of these might be litigated in due course, as the technology advances and the market expands.

The Compendium on International and National Legal Frameworks on Child Marriage

The Compendium of International and National Legal Framework on Child Marriage ("the Compendium") provides a survey of the key international, regional and national legal instruments as they relate to the right to marry with the full and free consent of the intending spouses and to the obligation for government to take legislative measures to abolish child marriage.

The Principles of the Most-Followed Religions in the World versus a Human-Centered Business Model

The share of the global population that follows one of the world’s major faiths is estimated at 75.05 per cent or 5,479,200,000 individuals2 out of a total of 7.3 billion.3 The moral and ethical principles that these religions preach seem very close to the secular common principles adopted by the international community over the last hundred years in the framework of international institutions throught their legal instruments like treaties, agreements, resolutions and declarations. This overlap must be examined.

Compendium of International, Regional and National Legal Instruments on Forced Displacement

This Compendium aims to provide an accessible reference for research on international, regional and national law relating to forced displacement. It is organized to present information about a significant number of international, regional and national legal instruments that affect the forcibly displaced persons. These legal instruments are organized by topic (international, regional and national).

Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on Child Marriage

CompendiumChildMarriage_ImageThe Compendium of International and National Legal Framework on Child Marriage ("the Compendium") provides a survey of the key international, regional and national legal instruments as they relate to the right to marry with the full and free consent of the intenting spouses and to the obligation for government to take legislative measures to abolish child marriage.

The Compendium consists of topical chapters with jump links to source documents, such as United Nations conventions, regional treaties, national constitutions and legislations.

African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities The African Task Force Report “African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities” was released to the public on October 11, 2016 in Addis Ababa. The African Task Force on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities (ATF) was an 18-month initiative of the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocity Prevention. The ATF convened in January 2015 to examine the capacities of the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in prevention of mass atrocities.

Legal Aspects of Contract Farming

UNIDROIT, FAO, IFAD have established - within the framework of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD) - a community of practice to promote a favourable legal environment for contract farming operations to support agricultural development. The GFLJD provides an innovative and dynamic framework for the exchange of law in development knowledge, connecting developing countries, think-tanks, regional and international organizations, international financial institutions, and civil society organizations with relevant research and practice.

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Organs 3D Bioprinting

This Community of Practice (CoP) on 3D Bio Printing legislation has just been created at the initiative of the South-East European Research Center (SEERC). Its objective is to collect current knowledge and share challenges and opportunities regarding bio printing, and to improve and build upon existing regulations/legislations. It will aim at carrying out a literature review and a good practice checklist, and at organizing virtual discussions with experts on the topic.

The current concept note is a draft open for comments. We look forward to reading your inputs.

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