School of Earth and Environment

Marcelin Mahop Dr Marcelin Mahop

Research Fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute

Email address: M.TonyeMahop@leeds.ac.uk
Room: Fairbain House, Room G.11

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute

Biography

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.

Qualifications

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.

Publications

  • Tonye Mahop M (2017) Regulatory Frameworks Affecting Seeds: Impacts on Subsistence Farmers in the Eastern and Southern African Region, In Steier, Gabriela & Patel, Kiran (Eds.) International Food Law and Policy, Springer, PP 1105-1129, .
  • Tonye Mahop M; SShikoli AM; Tejan-Cole A (2015) Intellectual Property Protection of New Varieties of Plants in Sub-Saharan Africa: Overview of Existing Regimes (Part I), Vol14, Issue 3 BioScience Law Review, pp75-101, BioScience Law Review, .
  • Tonye Mahop M; Shikoli AM; Tejan-Cole A (2015) Intellectual Property Protection of New Varieties of Plants in Sub-Saharan Africa: Overview of Existing Regimes (part II), Vol 14, Issue 4, BioScience Law Review, pp130-158, BioScience Law Review, .
  • Tonye Mahop M; de Jonge B; Munyi P (2013) Plant Variety Protection Regimes and Seed Regulations in Sub-Saharan Africa: Current Trends and Implications", Vol13, Issue 3 BioScience Law Review, pp 101 - 111, BioScience Law Review, .
  • Blakeney M; Coulet T; Mengistie GA; Mahop MT (2013) Extending the Protection of Geographical Indications Case Studies of Agricultural Products in Africa, Routledge.
  • Tonye Mahop M; Coulet T (2012) Cameroon. Oku White Honey", in Blakeney et.al (eds) Extending the Protection of Geographical Indications: Case Studies of Agricultural Products in Africa, pp. 137-149., .
  • Tonye Mahop M; Coulet T (2012) Gabon: Okoumé Wood", in Blakeney et.al (eds) Extending the Protection of Geographical Indications: Case Studies of Agricultural Products in Africa, pp. 175-196., .
  • 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 (2010) Intellectual Property, Community Rights and Human Rights The Biological and Genetic Resources of Developing Countries, .
  • Tonye Mahop M (2009) “Forestry and Environmental Regulations, Legal Protection and Enforcement of Community Rights in Cameroon”, the IUP Journal of Governance and Public Policy, Vol 4: No 1, pp. 7-21, IUP Journal of Governance and Public Policy, .
  • 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
  • Tonye Mahop M (2007) En Route to Biopiracy? Ethnobotanical Research on Anti Diabetic Medicinal Plants in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, African Journal of Biotechnology, Vol 6, No 25, p2945, South Africa, African Journal of Biotechnology, .
  • Tonye Mahop M (2007) Avenues to Ensure Full Participation of Rural Communities in Access Authorisation Processes in Cameroon and South Africa, In Westkamp, G (eds) Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property, Trade and Market Freedom: Essays in Honour of Herchel Smith, Edward El, .
  • 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
  • Tonye Mahop M (2005) Are the African Organization of Intellectual Property Patent Approach and Cameroonian Biodiversity Regulations at a Crossroads? Suggesting Alternatives Tailored to National and Regional Interests". 14(3) Review of European Community and International En, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, .
  • Tonye Mahop M (Accepted) "Seed Regulations and Initiatives in Mali and Senegal: Implementation Effect on Farmers" Varietal Diversity and Seeds Systems", Oxfam Novib/Centre for Genetic Resources the Netherlands, .
  • Tonye Mahop M (Accepted) Etat des Lieux de la Mise en Œuvre du Protocole de Nagoya à la CDB, Contraintes et Besoins d"Appui des Pays de l"Espace COMIFAC", Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN), .
  • Tonye Mahop M (Accepted) Analyse des Lacunes et Besoins en vue de la Mise en Œuvre du Protocole de Nagoya par les Pays de l"Espace COMIFAC", Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN),, .
  • Munyi P; du Plessis P; Bavikatte K; Ekpere J (Accepted) A Gap Analysis Report on the African model Law on the Protection of the Rights of Local Communities, Farmers and Breeders, and for the Regulation of Access to biological Resources". Commissioned by the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technolo, .
  • Tonye Mahop M (Accepted) Report: Midterm Review of the Project Capacity Building for Access and Benefit Sharing and Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants of Ethiopia. Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, .
  • Tonye Mahop M (Unpublished) African Seed Laws and Policies: An exploration of the Space for Farmers" Seed Systems in Africa", DRAFT Report produced for the Integrated Seed Sector (ISSD) in Africa, 2016, .