Biolaw, Biosafety, and Environment

The objective of this course is the legal framework that governs the impact of biotechnology in the Environment. Issues of sustainable development, protection of biodiversity, and animal welfare are selective topics, and will be analyzed under the light of instruments, such as the Rio Convention (UN Convention on Biodiversity) the EU legislation on GMOs and GMMs, and the relevant case-law of the EU Court in Luxembourg. Special attention will be paid to Biosafety norms that will be analyzed under the light of the Carthagena Protocol and the above EU legislation and case-law. Case-studies will be an important part of tutoring in this course too.