School of Earth and Environment

Marcelin Mahop Dr Marcelin Mahop

Research Fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute

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Room: Fairbain House, Room G.11

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I join the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) having thus far walked through an academic and training path and a career trajectory made of qualifications in biological sciences, environmental governance, intellectual property law on the one hand; and working experience largely in agricultural policies, seeds regulations and seeds systems in Africa, agricultural biotechnology and science policies in Africa, genetic resources policies specifically the access and benefit sharing frameworks of the e.g. Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity and of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the FAO etc, the rights of indigenous and local communities and the linkages between intellectual property rights and science and biotechnological innovations in the agriculture sector and in relation with the utilization of genetic resources and traditional knowledge.

Before joining SRI, I have held research fellowship positions at Queen Mary University Centre for Commercial Law Studies and at the University of Wageningen Law and Governance Group, a visiting fellowship at Brunel Law School, an Environmental Policy expert Position at the Congo Basin Ecosystems Conservation Support Programme (PACEBCo) of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and have either held consultancy positions with UN agencies and have carried out for the IUCN, the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Programme, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation among others.


PhD in Intellectual Property Rights law (Queen Mary, University of London); MSc in Seed Technology University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon); BSc in Natural Sciences (University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon) and training in Environmental Governance at the University of Amsterdam and Panteion University of Athens

Research Interests

  • Agricultural innovations and food security, agricultural policies including in relation to Climate Smart Agriculture, Seed systems and seed laws, Subsistence and sustainable agriculture, technology transfer, public private partnerships, Intellectual property (IP) laws, especially patents and plant breeder’s rights; geographical indications, Intellectual Property Rights and development (agriculture, food security, exploitation of biological and genetic resources), biodiversity and biosafety regulations
  • Regional, sub-regional agricultural processes and initiatives including in relation to the Africa Union NEPAD-CAADP, ASBP, FARA-FAAP, AGRA and strong interest in the institutions (ASARECA, FANRPAN, CORAF/WECARD etc), working on agriculture in sub Saharan Africa including regional economic communities (ECCAS, ECOWAS, EAC, SADC, ECOWAS), Land Policy Initiative and Fertilizer networks and partnerships in Africa.
  • Follow up of international processes pertaining to agriculture notably with regards to negotiations on the implementation of the WTO agreements, the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) seed testing standard, the OECD Seed Certification Standards, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in relation to technology acquisition by the developing countries via technology transfer and licensing.


  • Mahop MT (2011) Intellectual Property and Biotechnology: Biological Inventions - By Matthew Rimmer, Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 19, pp.372-373. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2010.00697_5.x
  • Mahop MT (2011) Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and the Law: Solutions for Access and Benefit Sharing - Edited by Evanson C. Kamau and Gerd Winter, Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 19, pp.367-368. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2010.00697_2.x
  • Tonye Mahop M (2011) Confronting Biopiracy: Challenges, Cases and International Debates - By Daniel F. Robinson, Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 20, pp.221-223. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2011.00718_5.x
  • Tonye Mahop M (2011) Managing Environmental Justice - Edited by Dennis Palvich, Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 20, pp.220-221. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2011.00718_4.x
  • Mahop MT (2008) The Regulatory Challenge of Biotechnology: Human Genetics, Food and Patents - Edited by Han Somsen, Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 17, pp.356-357. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2008.592_5.x
  • Mahop MT (2006) Reducing Poverty and Sustaining the Environment: The Politics of Local Engagement by Stephen Bass, Hannah Reid, David Satterthwaite and Paul Steele, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 15, pp.232-234. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2006.516_2.x