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John Bernhard Kleba

Dr. John Bernhard Kleba obtained a doctoral degree in Social Sciences in Dec 2000, at the Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT), University of Bielefeld, Germany. Since March 2005 he is a Senior University Lecturer of Political Science and Sociology at the Aeronautics Technological Institute (ITA), São José dos Campos , São Paulo, Brazil. He is currently working in a post-doctoral research project as visiting fellow at the CSGR & Department of Law, with Prof. Dwijen Rangnekar, University of Warwick, UK.

His research interests are:

Property and access regimes; bio-knowledge, traditional knowledge and genetic resources; socio-legal studies; science and technology studies; postcolonialism; political and sociological theory. The post-doctoral research focuses on the implementation of the access and benefit sharing regime of the Convention on the Biological Diversity (CBD). It departs from the view that conventional institutional tools (e.g. bilateralism; intellectual property rights system; fairness reduced to business as usual-model) are unable to achieve strong outcomes. Whereas the CDB relies upon a state-individualistic approach, genetic resources, associated traditional knowledge and bio-information are often disseminated across the borders of nations and cultures, raising problems of transnational governance. One focal research issue investigates how “fairness and equity”, core claims of the CBD and the recent Nagoya Protocol, are constructed in law and practice.