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University of the Witwatersrand (2010)

Indigenous knowledge systems and intellectual property laws in South Africa

Mukuka, George Sombe

Titre : Indigenous knowledge systems and intellectual property laws in South Africa

Auteur : Mukuka, George Sombe

Université de soutenance : University of the Witwatersrand

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy 2010

Résumé
The aim of this study is to analyse the current status of indigenous intellectual property rights protection in South Africa. The current intellectual property laws and legislations in South Africa do not fully protect indigenous knowledge systems and in some instances the indigenous knowledge is misappropriated, abused without proper recognition and acknowledgement of the custodian of this knowledge. The thesis suggests that in order for us to fully understand the developments of intellectual property in South Africa, we need to look at similar developments in the United States and Australia. Using conceptual tools dealing with post-colonial, contested culture and legal theories such as the natural-law and the economic model, the thesis tries to analyse the current predicament, in the light of the research main question : how can one possibly marry indigenous property rights and the western legal frameworks in a practical and ethical way ?

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