Chicago Journal of International Law


International legal regulation is required either to protect humans from potential harm-an interest all governments share-or to protect proprietary or financial interests of significance to international commerce-a concern of governments supportive of the business interests of individuals or corporations under their jurisdiction. What international law there is in this field appears to respond to these two sets of often conflicting concerns. I will begin with the assumptions underlying the specific instruments of international law that address genetic manipulation and then focus on the human rights implications of these technologies. In conclusion, I will refer to the push for new treaties coming from several directions.