Global Environment & Society Academy

Nagoya Protocol project successfully completed

New monograph on the Nagoya Protocol sees the culmination of research efforts, which began at a workshop at the University of Edinburgh.

The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (concluded in 2010 and in force from October 2014) is an international environmental agreement that concerns environmental sustainability, other sustainable development issues and equity.

"Unraveling the Nagoya Protocol" identifies textual, contextual and systemic interpretative questions and suggests solutions that aim to give a coherent and balanced meaning to the text of the Protocol.

Completion of research project

This monograph represents the culmination of a larger research project started in December 2011 with the organisation of an international workshop at the University of Edinburgh, which gathered academics, legal officers in key UN bodies, key negotiators of the Protocol and stakeholders that participated in the Protocol negotiations or are currently pioneering its implementation.

The workshop also led to the publication of an edited collection E. Morgera, M. Buck and E. Tsioumani (eds.), "The Nagoya Protocol in Perspective: Implications for International Law and Implementation Challenges" (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2012) and the book series "Legal Studies on Access and Benefit-sharing" (co-edited by Morgera, Tsioumani and Buck).

New research

All this body of work has prepared the ground for a new research project involving Morgera and Tsioumani: 'BENELEX: Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy - the role of law'), which is funded through a European Research Council Starting Grant made to Elisa Morgera running for five years from 1 November 2013.