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Life Finds A Way: An Overview of the Nagoya Protocol from the U.S. Government

Life Finds A Way: An Overview of the Nagoya Protocol from the U.S. Government

Location: Online
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Presented by: AIBS

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presenter: Mr. Patrick Reilly, U.S. Department of State

The Nagoya Protocol is a multilateral treaty that sets up a legal framework for utilizing genetic resources. It should be a part of every researcher's thinking, from how to conduct research, to manage collections, and how to work with partners. Even for researchers based in the United States, familiarity with the Protocol, and what it requires, is important as provider countries may have rules/regulations/laws that carry obligations that apply to samples even after they have left the country, such as restrictions on use, third party transfer, and tracking of any shared benefits. Patrick Reilly from the U.S. Department of State will join us to conduct a webinar on the Protocol; offering a short history of how the Protocol was developed, what it actually says (and what it doesn't), the difference between monetary and non-monetary benefit sharing, and how the U.S. government can help. Following the presentation, Patrick will be taking questions from our members.

Speaker Biography

Mr. Patrick Reilly is a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State, serving in the Office of Conservation and Water in Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Scientific Affairs. In this role, he serves as the U.S. Focal Point for Nagoya, and the Department's expert on access and benefit sharing (ABS) issues. He works on genetic resource issues across various multilateral instruments, including the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), the Nagoya Protocol (NP), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), the Pandemic Influenza Pandemic Framework (PIP), and the Biodiversity Beyond National Borders (BBND) negotiations. Patrick joined the Department in 2008 as a Presidential Management Fellow, and has served as a member of various U.S. government negotiating teams, including to the UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly. He has also served as a LEGIS Congressional Fellow with the Brookings Institution, worked as a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and was selected as an Emerging Leader by the European Union. He is the author of "Regional and Interregional Interactions in Europe, North America and across the North Atlantic" in Interregionalism Across the Atlantic Space and Politics and Protests: How Political Systems Influence the American and Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movements. A graduate of the University of Virginia (BA, 2003), Patrick also received degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder (MA. 2006), and from the London School of Economics (MSc, 2007).


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