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International Conference on Agro Biodiversity and 20 years of WTO

Department of Environmental Law & Legal Order, The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai is pleased to organize an International Conference on "Agro Biodiversity and 20 years of WTO".

Date: 28th - 30th January, 2015
Venue: Auditorium, P.G. & R.D. Block, The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai

The World Trade Organization (WTO) came into force on 01.01.1995 with many covered agreements as annexures after lengthy deliberations amongst contracting parties. Many provisions of the WTO made remarkable contributions for regulating international trade, free flow of goods and services and enabled sovereignty to States in regulating their internal markets.

The concept of Sustainable Development is an important philosophy of the WTO and covered agreements, as it balances the Optimal Utilization of resources as well as economic development. International community has also parallelly laid down a strong foundation stone in the process of formulating several Multilateral Agreements (MEAs).

Agro-Biodiversity is the natural selection process that results from the interaction between the environment, genetic resources including management systems and practices by farmers, herders, tribals and the fishers over millennia. Agro-Biodiversity encompasses variety of biological and genetic resources, crop varieties, micro-organism and aquatic ecosystem that are necessary for key of the agro-ecosystem. Protection and preservation of Agro-Biodiversity ensures food security for the world at large.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) significantly describes the need for conservation of resources both for present and future generations. For the effective conservation of resources, the Rio Declaration specifically postulates legal elements. National governments are required to incorporate many of the legal elements of the Rio Declaration in their national polices both to conserve resources as well as to protect domestic markets.

The Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) is significantly contributing in harmonizing the mandate of the covered agreements of the WTO with the provisions of the MEAs. Various Ministerial Declarations of theWTO, especially the Doha and Cancun Summit, have also deliberated on the mandate of the contracting States to make appropriate measures in protecting agriculture by providing various subsidies on agricultural loans and electricity.

The international instruments and institutions mentioned above originated due to different reasons and have their own mandates. The CBD originates from Rio while the WTO owes its origin from the Brettonwood Conference. These environmental and trade instruments and institutions have certain common objectives and divergent features also. The WTO-Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) Jurisprudence has made some significant contribution both for preservation and conservation of natural and biological resources in Tuna Dolphin and Shrimp Turtle cases. On the other hand it has been an obstacle in Beef Hormone and Biotech Products case.

The WTO is going to complete two decades of its existence on 31.12.2014. It is in this context that the Conference would like to address the issues confronted by both the organization and States in achieving environmental and agricultural sustainability with the restricted unilateral measures by the national governments.

This International Conference on Agro-Biodiversity and 20 years of WTO is a premier interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of new advances and research in the fields of International Law, Trade Law, Environmental Law and Human Rights Law. The Conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars in domain of interests from around the world. Themes and sub-themes for submission include, but are not limited to the below listed themes.


  • Agro Biodiversity and Science and Technology
    • Interaction between Plant Biology & Agro Biotechnology
    • Implications of the Science & Technology in Agro Biodiversity
    • Dominated Technology
    • Genetic Engineering
    • Genetically Modified Organisms /Generically Modified Crops

  • Agro Biodiversity and Life Sciences
    • Usage of Pesticides, Insecticides, Fertilizers
    • Toxicology
    • Invaried alien species
    • Taxonomy
    • Waste Management

  • Agro Biodiversity and Social Sciences
    • Traditional Knowledge and Benefit sharing
    • Climate change impact
    • Land use/water irrigation
    • Tribal Rights
    • Human Rights

  • Agro Biodiversity and Law
    • World Trade Organisation
    • Various Summits of World Trade Organisation
    • Cartegena protocol on Biosafety
    • Food and Agricultural Organisation & Agro Biodiversity
    • Convention on Biological Diversity,ITBGR, TBT, SPS.

Call for Papers:
papers on any aspect covered under the broad theme/ sub themes with five key words should be mailed to the Conference Director to the Mail ID on or before 30th October, 2014. The authors of the selected abstracts will be intimated about the acceptance of the abstract by mail on or before 10th November 2014.

On receiving the acceptance message, the authors shall register by filling the registration form and sending soft copy of the full paper, along with the Registration amount on or before 20th December 2014.

Paper Presentation and Publication:
The papers selected by the organizers of the Conference shall be short listed for oral or poster presentation and the abstracts shall be published in the conference proceedings volume. The organizers also propose to publish the selected papers of the Conference as an edited book with ISBN.

Important Dates:

Last Date for Submission of Abstract :

30th October, 2014

Intimation of Acceptance of Abstract :

10th November, 2014

Last date for payment of Registration :

20th December, 2014

Last date for Submission of full paper :

20th December, 2014

Registration Fees:

Indian Delegate:


Early Bird Registration

After Deadline


Rs. 3,000/-

Rs. 4,000/-


Rs. 1,500/-

Rs. 2,000/-


Rs. 4,000/-

Rs. 5,000/-

Foreign Delegate:


Early Bird Registration

After Deadline


150 USD

200 USD


100 USD

150 USD


200 USD

250 USD

All delegates will be provided working lunch, tea/coffee with snacks at the venue of the Conference. No T.A./D.A. will be provided to the delegates by the organizers of the Conference.

Director: +91-9444571101
Secretaries: +91-9444020960, +91-9894159585

The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University,
Chennai - 600028
Phone: 044-24641212, 044-24641919

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