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Second IKS Forum, UTS, Oct. 2 & 3

2014 September 23
by anthea

Second Indigenous Knowledge Forum Media summary 17 September 2014


Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Haymarket Campus, Sydney

Dates: Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd October 2014 

Key Theme: Comparative Systems for Recognising and Protecting

Indigenous Knowledge and Culture

 At this Forum the outcomes of the project entitled, Recognising and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge associated with Natural Resource Management, will be delivered in a White Paper format to the Office of Environment and Heritage, New South Wales and be discussed.  This White Paper includes recommended legislation for protecting Indigenous Knowledge of Aboriginal Communities of NSW.

This Forum also brings together key speakers from around the globe representing nations with existing legal frameworks and nations in the midst of developing regimes for the protection of Indigenous knowledge and culture. IKF2 will facilitate dialogue and discussion, and information exchange bringing together government officials, decision makers, scholars, and especially Indigenous and local peoples’ representatives.

Papers to be presented at the Forum cover a range of related topics including:

  • developing local, national and regional frameworks recognising or protecting Indigenous or traditional knowledge and/or culture;
  • stakeholder experiences with existing policy or legal frameworks including Indigenous perspectives, business perspectives, education sector and government perspectives;
  • administration of such systems including establishing a competent authority; development and management of databases from grassroots to national and regional levels; funding arrangements; management of access and benefit sharing arrangements, etc.

Registration:  For further details please contact either:  Dr Ann Cahill      Or Professor Natalie Stoianoff, IKF Chair and Director, Intellectual Property Program Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney by email on

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