Dr. John Bernhard Kleba obtained a doctoral degree in
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.