Karine Peschard

Karine Peschard

Associate Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

Rights of Peasants  /  Right to Seeds  /  Intellectual Property  /  Agrobiodiversity  /  Legal Activism

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.

Research Projects

Wheat field Project

The Right to Seeds in Europe

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.

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Madagascar, Miarinarivo district. Women transplanting rice. Project

The Rights of Peasants

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.

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Briefing N° 22: The Right to Seeds in Africa

February 2023

Christophe Golay, Karine Peschard, Lulbahri Araya

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in light of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP)

September 2022

Karine Peschard, Christophe Golay, Olivier De Schutter, Hilal Elver, José Esquinas, Michael Fakhri

APBREBES and Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Seed Activism: Patent Politics and Litigation in the Global South


Karine Peschard

MIT Press

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‘Keeping seeds in our hands’: the rise of seed activism

May 2020

Karine Peschard, Shalini Randeria

The Journal of Peasant Studies

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