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Global Biosecurity Law: Home

This LibGuide acts as a resourch for anyone interested in Global Biosecurity Law


This LibGuide is designed for use by students in a Global Biosecurity Law seminar course.

Global Biosecurity law has a unique international history including many biodefense laws and major treaties in biosecurity and biosafety law—including the Biological Weapons Convention and the Cartegena Protocol. When taking a global perspective on biosecurity it is imperative to review the regulations and legal frameworks in other countries; international law, public health, and regulatory approaches of the World Health Organization; and biodiplomacy and the role of Interpol in biocrimes.


LibGuide Organization

This LibGuide is broken down by topics, including:

Biosecurity-  Multiple meanings and different definitions exist according to various disciplines. The original definition of biosecurity started out as a set of preventive measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases in crops and livestock, quarantined pests, invasive alien species, and living modified organisms.

Biological Weapons- Covers the development, production, and stockpiling of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction, as well as the Biological Weapons Convention and other related issues.

Bioterrorism-  Terrorism involving the intentional release or dissemination of biological agents like bacteria, viruses, or toxins, and may be in a naturally occurring or a human-modified form. Biological agents spread through the air, water, or in food. Some can also spread from person to person and very hard to detect

International and Global Governance- The various foreign and international laws, treaties, and organizations that govern global biosecurity.

Biosafety and Biodefense-  Measures taken by the government and private sector to defend against a biological attack that include drugs, biological products, devices, vaccines, vaccine adjuvants, antivirals, or diagnostic tests.

Biominute Blog

Biosecurity law blog written by Professor Victoria Sutton.

The blog contains a brief look at biosecurity, biosafety, and biodefense law issues in the news and others missed by the news but covered by Professor Sutton.

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