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

Research output: Working paper

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2014

Publication series

NameBENELEX Working Papers
NameEdinburgh Law School Working Papers


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.

    Research areas

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

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