Vita nullius

Jackson, Anthony; Mullan, Nigel
December 2007
Soundings (13626620);Winter2007, Issue 37, p127
Academic Journal
This article discusses the emergence of vita nullius, a new and expanded form of theft that attempts to assert that life itself is unsettled and uninhabited and as such is open to proprietary interest. Instead of seeking legal justification for enclosing of land, the doctrine seeks the enclosure of living systems through patents, under the auspices of Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIP). Background on the concept of Terra Nullius, which effectively legalised what has been recognised as a grand theft, is provided.


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