An Inter-Disciplinary Methodology for Researching Benefit-Sharing as a Norm Diffusing in Global Environmental Law

33 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2014

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Elisa Morgera

Strathclyde Law School

Louisa Parks

University of Trento

Date Written: November 14, 2014

Abstract

This paper proposes a methodology for an interdisciplinary, empirical enquiry into the diffusion of the legal concept of ‘benefit-sharing’. The paper draws together accounts of norm diffusion from sociology, international relations and law to devise a theoretical approach for the empirical research of global environmental law. Against this background, the paper explores the usefulness of process-tracing, the relevance of frames and the need for a participatory action research approach for a research project focused on benefit-sharing as a tool to operationalize equity among and within States.

Keywords: benefit-sharing, norm diffusion, international relations, sociology, law, inter-disciplinarity, participatory action research, process-tracing

Suggested Citation

Morgera, Elisa and Parks, Louisa, An Inter-Disciplinary Methodology for Researching Benefit-Sharing as a Norm Diffusing in Global Environmental Law (November 14, 2014). Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2014/42, BENELEX Working Paper 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2524333 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2524333

Elisa Morgera (Contact Author)

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HOME PAGE: http://www.strath.ac.uk/research/strathclydecentreenvironmentallawgovernance/

Louisa Parks

University of Trento ( email )

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Trento, Trento 38152
Italy

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