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Global Governance of Genetic Resources. Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol

Monday, 17 February 2014
Edited by Sebastian Oberthür & G. Kristin Rosendal
Global Governance of Genetic Resources. Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol
Sebastian Oberthür & G. Kristin Rosendal

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Routledge Publishing Elgar Publishing Ltd
268 pages

Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance
Series Editor: Philipp Pattberg, Agni Kalfagianni

This book analyses the status and prospects of the global governance of Access Benefit Sharing (ABS) in the aftermath of 2010’s Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD’s initial 1992 framework of global ABS governance established the objective of sharing the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources fairly between countries and communities. Since then, ABS has been a contested issue in international politics – not least due to the failure of effective implementation of the original CBD framework. The Nagoya Protocol therefore aims to improve and enhance this framework.

This book offers a central resource regarding ABS governance for those working on and interested in global environmental governance. This is achieved by focusing on two broad themes of the wider research agenda on global environmental governance, namely architecture and agency. Furthermore, individual chapter contributions relate and link ABS governance to other prominent debates in the field, such as institutional complexes, compliance, market-based approaches, EU leadership, the role of small states, the role of non-state actors and more.

Partly due to its seeming technical complexity, ABS governance has so far not been at the centre of attention of scholars and practitioners of global environmental governance. In this book, care is taken to provide an accessible account of key functional features of the governance system which enables non-specialists to gain a grasp on the main issues involved, allowing the issue of ABS governance to move centre-stage and be more fully recognised in discussions on global environmental governance.


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1. Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Background and Analytical Framework
Sebastian Oberthür and G. Kristin Rosendal

2. The Term ‘Genetic Resources’: Flexible and Dynamic while Providing Legal Certainty?
Morten Walløe Tvedt and Peter Johan Schei

3. The Negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol: Issues, Coalitions and Process
Linda Wallbott, Franziska Wolff and Justyna Pożarowska

4. The Role of Non-state Actors in the Nagoya Protocol Negotiations
Amandine Orsini

5. The Role of the European Union in the Negotiations on the Nagoya Protocol: Self-interested Bridge Building
Sebastian Oberthür and Florian Rabitz

6.The Role of Switzerland in the Nagoya Protocol Negotiations
Marc Hufty, Tobias Schulz, and Maurice Tschopp

7. Goals, Strategies and Success of the African Group in the Negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol
Linda Wallbott

8. The Nagoya Protocol and the Diffusion of Economic Instruments for Ecosystem Services
Franziska Wolff

9. Beyond Nagoya: Towards a Legally Functional System of Access and Benefit-sharing Morten
Walløe Tvedt

10. The Impact of the Nagoya Protocol on the Evolving Institutional Complex of ABS Governance
Sebastian Oberthür and Justyna Pożarowska

11. Balancing ABS and IPR Governance in the Aquaculture Sector
G. Kristin Rosendal, Ingrid Olesen and Morten Walløe Tvedt

12. Governance Options for ex-situ Collections in Academic Research
Susette Biber-Klemm, Kate Davis, Laurent Gautier and Sylvia I. Martinez

13. Conclusions: An Assessment of Global Governance of Genetic Resources after the Nagoya Protocol
Sebastian Oberthür and G. Kristin Rosendal


Sebastian Oberthür is Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.

G. Kristin Rosendal is a research Professor at Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.

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