Fulya Batur

Fulya Batur

Associate Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

Rights of Peasants  /  Intellectual Property  /  Seeds  /  Sustainability

Dr Fulya Batur is an Associate Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy. She conducts research on the rights of peasants, more particularly on the rights to seeds.

Her expertise and publications relate to the conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, access and benefit-sharing regimes on genetic resources, the protection of traditional knowledge, seed marketing rules, intellectual property regimes on seeds, with a regional focus on the European Union (EU), including the EU’s external policy.

Prior to joining the Geneva Academy, Dr Batur was affiliated with the Centre for the Philosophy of Law of the University of Louvain in Belgium, and has worked as a legal expert for the Austrian seed savers association Arche Noah. She has also worked as a consultant for numerous associations active in seeds, such as the Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APBREBES), Brot fur die Welt and HEKS, the European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity (EC-LLD), and the Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty Programme.

Dr Batur holds a PhD and a BA in Law from the University of Louvain (Belgium), and a Masters in Public International Law from University College London (United Kingdom).

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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Cover page of the publication

The EU’s push for intellectual property rights on seeds and its impact on developing countries

November 2021

Fulya Batur, Meienberg, Ilge


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Cover of the publication

The Right to Seeds in Europe

October 2021

Fulya Batur, Christophe Golay

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Marketing Farmers’ Varieties in Europe: Encouraging Pathways with Missing Links for the Recognition and Support of Farmer Seed Systems

September 2021

Fulya Batur, Béla Bartha, Riccardo Bocci


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Cover page of the Briefing

Briefing No°19: Practical Manual on the Right to Seeds in Europe

February 2021

Fulya Batur, Christophe Golay

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law andf Human Rights

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