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The Nagoya protocol and customary law: the paradox of narratives in the law

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The Nagoya protocol and customary law : the paradox of narratives in the law. / Vermeylen, Saskia.

In: Law, Environment and Development Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2013, p. 187-201.

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Vermeylen, S 2013, 'The Nagoya protocol and customary law: the paradox of narratives in the law', Law, Environment and Development Journal, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 187-201.

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Vermeylen, S. (2013). The Nagoya protocol and customary law: the paradox of narratives in the law. Law, Environment and Development Journal, 9(2), 187-201.

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Vermeylen S. The Nagoya protocol and customary law: the paradox of narratives in the law. Law, Environment and Development Journal. 2013;9(2):187-201.

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Vermeylen, Saskia. / The Nagoya protocol and customary law : the paradox of narratives in the law. In: Law, Environment and Development Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 187-201.

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