The International Regulation of Modern Biotechnology


The main aim of this paper is to detail the international legal and institutional context within which developing countries operate as they elaborate and implement national biotechnology and biosafety policies and legal frameworks. The primary focus of the paper, as it is in the international agenda, is on agricultural biotechnology and related biosafety issues. The paper considers international rules and guidelines setting out the rights or obligations to regulate biotechnology/biosafety as well as the international legal obligations that discipline the rights of countries to apply food safety, health, and environmental regulations and to take food security considerations into account in making regulatory decisions on the import and use of GMOs.


60 pp.

The International Regulation of Modern Biotechnology

Published 1 January 2003