Australia as a middle power: challenging the narrative of developed/developing states in international negotiations surrounding marine genetic resources

Ethan Beringen*, Nengye Liu, Michelle Lim

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Abstract

To date, marine genetic resources (MGR) have proven to be the most controversial aspect of the package deal structure of the ongoing negotiations of a legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). This has led to a proliferation of scholarly work characterizing the debate on MGR along developed and developing state lines. By applying middle power international relations theory to the Australian delegation’s conduct in MGR negotiations, this article aims to challenge the developed/developing state narrative. As such, it advocates a more nuanced approach to understanding state motivation in multilateral treaty negotiations pertaining especially to complex issues such as MGR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-168
Number of pages26
JournalOcean Development and International Law
Volume52
Issue number2
Early online date3 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Australia
  • biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction
  • developed states
  • developing states
  • marine genetic resources
  • middle power

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