Dr Karine Peschard is an Associate Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy, conducting research on the rights of peasants. She is also an Associate Researcher at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Her expertise and publications relate to intellectual property regimes in agriculture, agrobiodiversity, legal activism and the rights of peasants, in particular the right to seeds.
Prior to joining the Geneva Academy, Dr Peschard held positions as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Graduate Institute’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology, at the Centre for Social Sciences in Delhi, and at National Law University in Delhi. She also worked as a consultant for the Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APBREBES) and for the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN).
Dr Peschard holds a PhD in Anthropology from McGill University, a Masters in International Relations, and a BA (Joint Honours) in History and Anthropology.
The project will notably identify the main opportunities and obstacles to protect the right to seeds in Europe. It will also discuss how to promote changes in European laws, policies and trade agreements to ensure that they do not infringe, but facilitate the realization of peasants’ right to seeds.
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration for ten years, this research project focuses on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
Karine Peschard, Christophe Golay, Olivier De Schutter, Hilal Elver, José Esquinas, Michael Fakhri
APBREBES and Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Karine Peschard, Shalini Randeria
The Journal of Peasant Studies