Journal Article

The Turkish Council of State orders a stay on the importation of GMOs

Mehmet Artemel

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 7, issue 6, pages 403-405
Published in print June 2012 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online June 2012 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI:
The Turkish Council of State orders a stay on the importation of GMOs

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Following an appeal by the Turkish Medical Association, the Council of State ordered a stay of the importation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and products made from them, having held that the omission of a provision in the current Regulations, which would have specifically prohibited the import and placing on the market of GMOs containing antibiotic resistance genes, constituted a breach of the country's international obligations vis-à-vis the precautionary principle laid down in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and that a defence, argued by the Ministry, which was based on the mere absence of such a prohibitory provision under the relevant EU legislation was untenable.

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Subjects: Arbitration ; Intellectual Property Law

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