An inter-disciplinary methodology for researching benefit-sharing as a norm diffusing in global environmental law

Elisa Morgera, Louisa Parks

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2014

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NameBENELEX Working Papers


  • benefit-sharing
  • norm diffusion
  • international relations
  • sociology
  • Inter-disciplinarity
  • participatory action research
  • process-tracing

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