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210130 SE M11: FOP Research Practice (2021W)

Global inequalities in the making of a new marine biodiversity agreement

12.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 35 participants
Language: English



This course will be held DIGITAL only and use MOODLE.

FR 03.12.2021, 10.12.2021, 14.01.2022, 21.01.2022 und 28.01.2022 09.45-16.30 Ort: Digital

Online sessions will be on Fridays and take place from 9:45 am to 4:30 pm.

Please note that there will be a preparatory meeting (online) on the 8th of October 9:45-11:00. During this meeting, students will receive basic information about the course and the first writing (to be submitted by 20.11.2021)


Aims, contents and method of the course

This Research Workshop introduces students to the empirical study of international environmental negotiations, in particular the ongoing negotiations for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). Departing from the point that states require a solid science and knowledge base for decision-making to find solutions to environmental problems, this seminar addresses the inequalities involved in the access to and creation of this knowledge in relation to the BBNJ Negotiations, as well as how such inequalities influence the agreement making. The course will be closely connected to the research project MARIPOLDATA (www.maripoldata.eu) and train students in the development of their own research questions and research designs related to diverse aspects of the BBNJ treaty making process. Throughout the semester, students will be closely working with the empirical material, collected through both digital and collaborative event ethnography by the MARIPOLDATA team, as well as with official UN documents and Earth Negotiation Bulletin reports.

The course aims to
1.- familiarise students with
1.1.- the complexity of the international legal and political framework to protect the high seas (i.a., UNCLOS, RFMOs)
1.2.- the package elements of the BBNJ treaty (a) access to and the sharing of benefits deriving from marine genetic resources (MGRs),b) the establishment of area-based management tools (ABMTs), including marine protected areas (MPAs), c) the process of conducting environmental impact assessments (EIAs), and d) capacity building and the transfer of marine technology (CBTMT)).
1.3.- concepts and approaches to analyse global environmental negotiations (i.a., roles of states, knowledge types in regime formation)
1.4.- empirical methods to study global environmental politics (i.a., collaborative event ethnography, digital ethnography, interviews, social network analysis)
2.- guide students in the design of their own empirical research in relation to the BBNJ treaty and negotiation process

The course targets master students with an interest in global environmental politics, disputes over international legal order, political ecology, and marine issues.

The method of the course consists of
• short lectures and introduction to the topics of the course,
• reading of academic literature,
• preparation of sessions,
• writing of short summaries,
• group work during the course,
• short students’ presentations,
• writing of final seminar paper
• discussions.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Knowledge about the content of all mandatory literature + literature of the group
• Development of research plan/concept
• Delivery of the term paper

• Active participation (you are allowed to skip only one session and must inform us in advance via email alice.vadrot@univie.ac.at . If you cannot attend the class a second time, please provide an excuse (doctor´s notice, etc.)
• Hand in all writings on time!
• Writings: Short summary guided by questions (by 20.11.2021) (20%) & Term Paper (60%) (30.04.2022).
• Active participation in class: group work, presentations, and discussions (online) (20 %)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• Active participation (you are allowed to skip only one session and must inform us in advance via email alice.vadrot@univie.ac.at . If you cannot attend the class a second time, please provide an excuse (doctor´s notice, etc.)
• Hand in all writings on time!
• Writings: Short summary guided by questions (by 20.11.2021) (20%) & Term Paper (60%) (30.04.2022).
• Active participation in class: group work, presentations, and discussions (online) (20 %)

• 100 to 90 Points: Very good (1)
• 89 to 80 Points: Good (2)
• 79 to 70 Points: Satisfactory (3)
• 69 to 60 Points: Sufficient (4)
• >60 Points: Poor (5)

Examination topics

- Mandatory literature of course
- Mandatory literature of your research group
- Basic literature on methodology, research design, data analysis

Reading list

The final list of literature will be available on Moodle at the beginning of October!

Ardron, J. A., Rayfuse, R., Gjerde, K. M., & Warner, R. (2014). The sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in ABNJ: what can be achieved using existing international agreements? Marine Policy, 49, 98–108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.02.011
Blasiak, R., Jouffray, J., Wabnitz, C. C. C., Sundström, E., & Österblom, H. (2018). Corporate control and global governance of marine genetic resources. Science Advances, 4(6), Article eaar5237.
Churchill, R. R. (2009 or 2015?). The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In D. R. Rothwell, A. G. O. Elferink, K. N. Scott, & T. Stephens (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (pp. 24-45). Oxford University Press.
Dimitrov, R. S. (2013). Environmental Diplomacy. In: Harris P (Ed.) Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (pp. 259-271). Routledge
Campbell, L. M., Corson, C., Gray, N. J., MacDonald, K. I. & Brosius, J. P. (2014). Studying global environmental meetings to understand global environmental governance: Collaborative Event Ethnography at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Global Environmental Politics, 14(3), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1162/GLEP_e_00236
Gjerde, K. M. (2012). Challenges to protecting the marine environment beyond national jurisdiction. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, 27, 839–847. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718085-12341255
Harrison, J., (2017). 2 The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Protection and Preservation of the Marine Environment. In Saving the Oceans Through Law: The International Legal Framework for the Protection of the Marine Environment (pp. 17-42). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/law/9780198707325.001.0001
Kamau, M., Chasek, P., O’Connor, D. (2018). Multilateralism: Complexity and intrigues. In Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 16-46). Routledge.
O'Neill, K. (2009). International environmental problems. In J. Vogler & M. F. Imber (Eds.), The Environment and International Relations (pp. 24-47). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511805974.003
O’Neill, Kate, & Haas, Peter M. (2019). Being There: International Negotiations as Study Sites in Global Environmental Politics. Global Environmental Politics, 19(2), 4-13.
Tessnow-von Wysocki, I., & Vadrot, A. B. M. (2020). The Voice of Science on Marine Biodiversity Negotiations: A Systematic Literature Review. Frontiers in Marine Science 7, Article 614282. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.614282
Vadrot, Alice B. M. (2020). Multilateralism as a 'site' of struggle over environmental knowledge: The North-South divide. Critical Policy Studies, 14(2), 233-245. https://doi.org/10.1080/19460171.2020.1768131
Vadrot, A. B. M. (2021). Ocean Protection. In J. F. Morin & A. Orsini (Eds.), Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance (2nd ed., pp. 173-175). Routledge.
Vadrot, A. B. M., Langlet, I., & Tessnow-von Wysocki, I. (2021). Who owns marine biodiversity? Contesting the world order through the ‘common heritage of humankind’ principle. Environmental Politics. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2021.1911442

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