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Social effects of biotechnology law regulation in Brazil: law as a means of new technologies depoliticization

Grant number: 06/00487-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2006
Effective date (End): July 31, 2009
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal Investigator:Laymert Garcia dos Santos
Grantee:Anderson Marcos dos Santos
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The entailment of biotechnology to market and the use of human as an object of both science and commercial relations result in new and important social conflicts which may determinate a country’s technological, economical and social development and even determinate the very sense and future of human nature. Amongst other instances of power, Law and the State’s juridical-institutional apparatus assume, in this context, a prominent role, due to the social consequences that their intervention may cause. In the new economical and political scene which results from this relation between science and market, Law, through patent international juridical system, before the strength of discourses and political practices, plus the weakening of national States, is losing its regulatory strength and becoming, progressively, an instance of legitimation of biotechnology industry and market interests. Therefore, notwithstanding still being an instrument of public policies in State’s institutional environment, Law, in many occasions, is acting as an element of depolitization of new technologies. Considering this scene and having as an hypothesis the withdrawing, through Law, of the discussions on the theme, the larger political agenda and the displacement of territory’s soberany, this is intended to theorically analyze the social effects of juridical regulation on conflicts of interest resulting from the use of human by biotechnology industry and market.

Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
SANTOS, Anderson Marcos dos. Politics, techno-economic acceleration and patents : technological upcoming developments. 2012. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas.

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