Sebastian Oberthuer

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür

Research Professor Environment and Sustainable Development
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Sebastian Oberthür is Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at the IES. Trained as a political scientist with a strong background in international law, he focuses on issues of international and European environmental governance, with an emphasis on institutional issues and perspectives. His current research interest extends in particular to the horizontal and vertical integration of international institutions and policies relevant to the environment, including the interplay between environmental agreements/institutions and other policies (e.g. trade, transport), as well as the role and performance of the EU in international (environmenmtal) institutions.

From 2005 to 2015, Sebastian Oberthür served as IES Academic Director. From 2006 to 2013, he was a member of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 2000, he has furthermore acted as a special policy advisor on international climate policy to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety. Since 1996, he has also been an appointed member and representative of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL). From 2005 to 2007, Sebastian Oberthür served as a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change ( IDGEC ) project of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). He is a member of Climate Strategies – an international research network focusing on climate and energy policy.

Sebastian Oberthür has dealt with issues of international environmental policy as well as climate policy since the early 1990s. He has worked on the development and implementation of various environmental agreements and international environmental institutions, as well as climate policies. He has, inter alia, conducted studies on the interaction between international institutions, the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the structure and design of the system of international environmental institutions, the role of non-governmental organizations in international environmental governance, the reporting of data under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and the foreign environmental policy making of the European Union in international environmental agreements.

Dr. Oberthür has published widely on these subjects and is invited regularly as an expert to participate in and speak at relevant conferences and workshops. He has followed the international negotiating processes on the protection of the ozone layer and on global climate for several years as a scientific observer and a government advisor. He serves on the editorial boards and review panels of various journals and as a reviewer of several national science foundations. He is also co-editor of the book series on "The European Union in International Affairs" with Palgrave Macmillan.

Before joining the IES in 2005, Sebastian Oberthür served as a part-time assistant professor for international relations at the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg from 2001-2005. Previously, he was a senior research fellow with Ecologic, the Institute for International and European Environmental Policy in Berlin, with which he remains a Senior Policy Advisor. In 1996 and 1997, Dr. Oberthür also taught International Relations at the Technical University Berlin.

From 1987 to 1992, Sebastian Oberthür studied political science in Marburg and Berlin. In 1995, he received a PhD from the Free University Berlin for his work on "The Contribution of International Regimes to Solving Environmental Problems" (summa cum laude).

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Books

  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian (eds.). 2015. Decarbonization in the European Union: Internal Policies and External Strategies, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & ROSENDAL G. Kristin (eds.). 2014. Global Governance of Genetic Re-sources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian, SHAHIN, Jamal & JORGENSEN Knud Erik Jørgensen (eds.). 2012. The Performance of the EU in International Institutions, Abingdon: Routledge
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & STOKKE Olav Schram (eds.). 2011. Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change, Cambridge: MIT Press
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & PALLEMAERTS Marc (eds.). 2010. The New Climate Policies of the Euro-pean Union: Internal Legislation and Climate Diplomacy, Brussels: VUB Press
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & GEHRING Thomas (eds.). 2006. Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies, Cambridge: MIT Press
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian, BUCK Matthias, MULLER, Sebastian, PFAHL Stefanie, TARASOFSKY G. Richard, WERKSMAN Jacob & PALMER Alice. 2003. Participation of Non-Governmental Organisations in International Environmental Governance: Legal Basis and Practical Experience, Berlin: Erich Schmidt
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & OTT E. Hermann. 2001. Das Kyoto-Protokoll. Internationale Klimapolitik für das 21. Jahrhundert, Opladen 2000
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2001. Production and Consumption of Ozone-Depleting Substances 1986-1999. The Data Reporting System under the Montreal Protocol. Eschborn: GTZ
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & OTT E. Hermann. 1999. The Kyoto Protocol. International Climate Policy for the 21 st Century, Berlin u.a.: Springer
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1999. Handbook on Data Reporting under the Montreal Protocol, UNEP, Multilateral Fund 1999
  • GEHRING ,Thomas & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1997. Internationale Umweltregime. Umweltschutz durch Verhandlungen und Verträge, Opladen 1997.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1997. Umweltschutz durch internationale Regime. Interessen, Verhandlungsprozesse, Wirkungen, Opladen 1997.
  • GEHRING, Thomas & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1997. Thomas Gehring and Sebastian Oberthür, Internationale Regime als Steuerungsinstrumente der Umweltpolitik, in: Thomas Gehring and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Internationale Umweltregime. Umweltschutz durch Verhandlungen und Verträge, Opladen 1997, 9-25.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1993. Politik im Treibhaus. Die Entstehung des internationalen Klimaschutzregimes, Berlin: edition sigma 1993.

Chapters

  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2015. The European Union, in Bäckstrand, Karin and Eva Lövbrand (eds.), Research Handbook on Climate Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 224-236. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2015. Decarbonization in the EU: Setting the Scene, in: Claire Dupont and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Decarbonisation in the European Union: Internal Policies and External Strategies, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan 2015, 1-24. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2015. Conclusions: Lessons Learned, in: Claire Dupont and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Decarbonisation in the European Union: Internal Policies and External Strategies, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan 2015, 244-265. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & VAN DE GRAAF, Thijs. 2015. Institutional Interactions in MORIN, Jean Frédéric & ORSINI, Amandine (eds.), Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 101-104.
  • ORSINI, Amandine, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & POZAROWSKA, Justyna. 2014. Transparency in the Governance of Access and Benefit Sharing from Genetic Resources in GUPTA, Aarti & MASON, Michael (eds.), Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 157-180. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & RABITZ Florian. 2014. The Role of the European Union in the Nagoya Protocol Negotiations: Self-interested Bridge Building, in: Sebastian Oberthür and G. Kristin Rosendal (eds.), Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol, Abingdon: Routledge 2014, 79-95.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & ROSENDAL, KRISTIN. 2014. Conclusions: An Assessment of Global Governance of Genetic Resources after the Nagoya Protocol, in: Sebastian Oberthür and G. Kristin Rosendal (eds.), Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol, Abingdon: Routledge 2014, 231-250.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & ROSENDAL, KRISTIN. 2014. Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Background and Analytical Framework, in: Sebastian Oberthür and G. Kristin Rosendal (eds.), Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol, Abingdon: Routledge 2014, 1-17.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & POZAROWSKA Justyna. 2014. The Impact of the Nagoya Protocol on the Evolving Institutional Complex of ABS Governance, in: Sebastian Oberthür and G. Kristin Rosendal (eds.), Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol, Abingdon: Routledge 2014, 178-195.
  • GROEN, Lisanne & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2013. "Global Environmental Institutions", in: Knud Erik Jørgensen and Katie Verlin Laatikainen (eds.), Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions. Performance, Policy, Power, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 282-293.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2013. Discussion Summary – Working Group: International Climate Policy before COP 17, in: Climate Change and Environmental Hazards Related to Shipping. An International Legal Framework, edited by Hans-Joachim Koch, Doris König, Joachim Sanden, and Roda Verheyen, Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 87-92.
  • LEFEBER René & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2012. Key Features of the Kyoto Protocol’s Compli-ance System, in: Jutta Brunnée, Meinhard Doelle and Lavanya Rajamani (eds.), Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012, 7
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & GROEN, Lisanne. 2012. The EU and South Africa: Building Bridges, in: Giovanni Grevi and Thomas Renard (eds.), Hot Issues, Cold Shoulders, Lukewarm Partners: EU Strategic Partnerships and Climate Change, Madrid: FRIDE/Academia Press 2012, 45-57.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & LEFEBER, René. 2012. The Experience of the First Five Years of The Kyoto Protocol’s Compliance System, in: Ed Couzens and Tuula Honkonen (eds), International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review 2010, Joensuu: University of Eastern Finland 2012, 65-93.
  • SCHRAM STOKKE, Olav & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2011. Introduction: Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Change, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Olav Schram Stokke (eds.), Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change, Cambridge: MIT Press 2011, 1-23.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & DUPONT, Claire. 2011. The Council, the European Council and Interna-tional Climate Policy: From Symbolic Leadership to Leadership by Example, in: Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel and James Connelly (eds.), The European Union as a Lea-der in International Climate Change Politics, Oxon: Routledge 2011, 74-91.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & SCHRAM STOKKE, Olav. 2011. Conclusions: Decentralized Interplay Management in an Evolving Interinstitutional Order, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Olav Schram Stokke (eds.), Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change, Cambridge: MIT Press 2011, 313-341.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & GEHRING Thomas. 2011. Institutional Interaction: Ten Years of Scholarly Development, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Olav Schram Stokke (eds.), Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change, Cambridge: MIT Press 2011, 25-58.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian, DUPONT, Claire & MATSUMOTO Yasuko. 2011. Managing Policy Contra-dictions between the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols: The Case of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Olav Schram Stokke (eds.), Man-aging Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change, Cambridge: MIT Press 2011, 115-141.
  • ROCHE KELLY, Claire, OBERTHUR Sebastian & PALLEMAERTS Marc. 2010. Introduction, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Marc Pallemaerts (eds.), The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal Legislation and Climate Diplomacy, Brussels: VUB Press 2010, 11-25.
  • LACASTA, Nuno, OBERTHUR, Sebastian, SANTOS, Eduardo & BARATA Pedro. 2010. From Sharing the Burden to Sharing the Effort: Decision 406/2009/EC on Member State Emission Targets for Non-ETS Sectors, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Marc Pallemaerts (eds.), The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal Legislation and Climate Diplomacy, Brussels: VUB Press 2010, 93-116.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & PALLEMAERTS, Marc. 2010. The EU’s Internal and External Climate Poli-cies: an Historical Overview, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Marc Pallemaerts (eds.), The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal Legislation and Cli-mate Diplomacy, Brussels: VUB Press 2010, 27-63.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2009. The Role of the EU in Global Environmental and Climate Governance, in: Mario Telo (ed.), The European Union and Global Governance, Lon-don/New York: Routledge 2009, 192-209.
  • GEHRING, Thomas & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2008. Interplay: Exploring Institutional Interaction, in: Oran R. Young/Leslie A. King/Heike Schroeder (eds.), Institutions and Environmental Change: Principal Findings, Applications, and Research Frontiers, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2008, 187-223.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & GEHRING Thomas. 2008. Disentangling the Interaction between the Cartagena Protocol and the World Trade Organisation, in: Oran R. Young, W. Bradnee Chambers, Joy A. Kim and Claudia ten Have (eds.), Institutional Interplay: Biosafety and Trade, Tokyo: UN University 2008, 94-127.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2008. EU Leadership on Climate Change: Living up to the Challenges, in: European Commission, The European Union and World Sustainable Development: Visions of Leading Policy Makers & Academics, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008, 41-54.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & TANZLER Dennis. 2007. Climate Policy in the EU: International Regimes and Policy Diffusion, in: Paul G. Harris (ed.), Europe and Global Climate Change: Politics, Foreign Policy, and Regional Cooperation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2007, 255-277.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & GEHRING Thomas. 2006. Conceptual Foundations of Institutional Interaction, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring (eds.), Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies, Cambridge : MIT Press 2006, 1-18
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2006. Fortschritte und Krisen in der Internationalen Umweltpolitik, in Steffen Angenendt (ed), Jahrbuch Internationale Politik 2003/2004. R. Oldenbourg Verlag: München, 2006, 119-127.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2006. The Climate Change Regime: Interactions with ICAO, IMO, and the EU Burden-Sharing Agreement, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring (eds.), Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies, Cambridge : MIT Press 2006, 53-77
  • GEHRING, Thomas & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2006. Comparative Empirical Analysis and Ideal Types of Institutional Interaction, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring (eds.), Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies, Cambridge : MIT Press 2006, , 307-371.
  • GEHRING, Thomas & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2006. Introduction, in: Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring (eds.), Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies, Cambridge : MIT Press 2006, 1-18
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2004. Auf dem Weg zum Weltumweltrecht? Tendenzen und Wirkungen der Verrechtlichung der internationalen Umweltpolitik, in: Bernhard Zangl and Michael Zürn (eds.), Verrechtlichung: Baustein für Global Governance?, Bonn: Dietz 2004, 119-139.
  • GEHRING, Thomas & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2004. Exploring Regime Interaction: A Framework for Analysis, in: Arild Underdal and Oran R. Young (eds.), Regime Consequences: Methodological Challenges and Research Strategies, Dordrecht : Kluwer 2004, 247-269.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & OTT, Hermann. 2003. Framing Climate Policy beyond Kyoto : Looking Back to Move Forward, in: David Michel (ed.) Climate Policy for the 21 st Century: Meeting the Long-term Challenge of Global Warming, Washington , D.C. : Center for Transatlantic Relations 2003, 3-33.
  • BAIL, Christoph, MARR, Simon & OBERTHUR Sebastian. 2003. Klimaschutz und Recht, in: Hans-Werner Rengeling (ed.), Handbuch zum europäischen und deutschen Umweltrecht, Band II, Köln et al.: Carl Heymanns Verlag 2003, 254-304.
  • OTT, Hermann & OBERTHUR, Sebastian . 2002. Breaking the Impasse: Forging an EU Leadership Initiative on Climate Change, in: Matthias Buck, Alexander Carius and Kelly Kollman (eds), International Environmental Policymaking. Transatlantic Cooperation and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, München: ökom verlag 2002, 285-314.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2002. The International Regime on Climate Change and Transatlantic Co-operation, in: Matthias Buck; Alexander Carius and Kelly Kollman (eds.), International Environmental Policymaking. Transatlantic Cooperation and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, München: ökom verlag 2002, 263-284.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2001. Präventiver Umweltschutz durch internationale Kooperation, in: Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung (ÖSFK) (ed.): Die Umwelt. Konfliktbearbeitung und Kooperation, Münster: agenda Verlag 2001, 38-49.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2001. Preventing Environmentally-Induced Conflicts through International Environmental Policy, in: Eileen Petzold-Brandley; Alexander Carius and Arpád Vincze (eds.), Responding to Environmental Conflicts: Implications for Theory and Practice, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publisher, 239-252.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2000. The EU in International Environmental Regimes and the Energy Charter Treaty. The Existing Experience, in: Joyeeta Gupta and Michael Grubb (eds.): Climate Change and European Leadership: A Sustainable Role for Europe ?, Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer 2000, 83-105.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2000. Das Kyoto-Protokoll: Durchbruch der internationalen Klimapolitik?, in: Wolfgang Wagner et al. (eds.), Jahrbuch Internationale Politik 1997/1998, München 2000, 356-363.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2000. Institutionelle Innovationsperspektiven in der internationalen Umweltpolitik, in: Volker von Prittwitz (ed.): Institutionelle Arrangements in der Umweltpolitik. Zukunftsfähigkeit durch Verfahrenskombination?, Opladen: Leske+Budrich 2000, 117-135.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1999. Die Rolle der EU im Rahmen globaler Umweltregime, in: Wolfgang Barz et al. (eds.): Umwelt und Europa, Vorträge und Studien Heft 9, Landsberg: ecomed 1999, 115-137.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1999. Prävention umweltinduzierter Konflikte durch Entwicklungspolitik und internationale Umweltpolitik, in: Alexander Carius and Kurt M. Lietzmann (eds.): Umwelt und Sicherheit. Herausforderungen für die internationale Politik, Berlin: Springer 1998, 265-285. (english translation: Preventing Environmentally-Induced Conflicts Through Development Policy and International Environmental Policy, in: Alexander Carius and Kurt M.Lietzmann (eds.): Environmental Change and Security. A European Perspective, Berlin: Springer 1999, 249-268).
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1999. Preventing Environmentally-Induced Conflicts through International Environmental Policy, in: Eileen Petzold-Bradley et al. (eds.): Responding to Environmental Conflicts: Implications for Theory and Practice. Proceedings of the NATO advanced research workshop in Budapest , Hungary , 21-23 January 1999. NATO Science Series. 2. Environmental Security - Vol. 78. Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publisher, 239-252.
  • CARIUS, Alexander & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1998. The Environmental Security Dimension, in: Friedemann Müller and Susanne Ott (eds.), Bridging Divides - Transformation in Eastern Europe : Connecting Energy and Environment, Baden-Baden : Nomos 1998, 249-266.
  • CARIUS, Alexander, KEMPER, Melanie, OBERTHUR, Sebastian & SPRINZ, Detlef. 1997. NATO/CCMS Pilot Study: Environment and Security in an International Context. State of the Art and Perspectives, Interim Report, October 1996, in: Environmental Change and Security Project Report, No. 3 (Spring 1997: The Woodrow Wilson Center), 55-65.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & GEHRING Thomas. 1997. Fazit: Internationale Umweltpolitik durch Verhandlungen und Verträge, in: Thomas Gehring and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Internationale Umweltregime. Umweltschutz durch Verhandlungen und Verträge, Opladen 1997, 219-235.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1997. Routinemäßige Ölverschmutzung durch Tanker (OILPOL/MARPOL), in: Thomas Gehring and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Internationale Umweltregime. Umweltschutz durch Verhandlungen und Verträge, Opladen 1997, 81-98.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1994. International Cooperation on Climate Change: The Role of the Developing Countries, in: Inter-American Development Bank (ed.), Agenda 21 and Latin America. The Challenge of Implementing Environmental Law and Policy, Washington , D.C. without year (1994), 243-254.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1993. Europäisch-Amerikanische Politik zum Schutz der Ozonschicht, in: Reinhard Loske (ed.), Die Zukunft der Umweltpolitik in den transatlantischen Beziehungen, Tagungsdokumentation, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie, 1993, 112-127.

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • MEINSHAUSEN, Malte, JEFFERY, Louise, GUETSCHOW, Johannes, ROBIOU DU PONT, Yann, ROGELJ, Joeri, SCHAEFFER, Michiel, HÖHNE, Niklas, DEN ELZEN, Michel, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & MEINSHAUSEN, Nicolai. 2015. National post-2020 greenhouse gas targets and diversity-aware leadership, Nature Climate Change, DOI 10.1038/nclimate2826 Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & GROEN, Lisanne. 2015. The Effectiveness Dimension of the EU’s Performance in International Institutions: Toward a More Comprehensive Assessment Framework, Journal of Common Market Studies, 53: 6, 1319-359. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2014. Options for a Compliance Mechanism in a 2015 Climate Agreement, Climate Law, Vol. 4, No. 1-2, pp. 30-49. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & RABITZ Florian. 2014. On the Performance and Leadership of the European Union in Global Environmental Governance: The Case of the Nagoya Protocol, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 39-57. Link
  • GEHRING, Thomas, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & MUHLECK Marc. 2013. EU Actorness in International Institutions: Why the EU is Recognized as an Actor in Some International Institutions, but Not in Others, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 51, No. 5, pp. 849-865. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & POZAROWSKA Justyna. 2013. Managing Institutional Complexity and Fragmentation: The Nagoya Protocol and the Global Governance of Genetic Resources, Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 100-118. Link
  • BIERMANN, F., K. ABBOTT, S. ANDRESEN, K. BACKSTRAND, S. BERNSTEIN, M. M. BETSILL, H. BULKELEY, B. CASHORE, J. CLAPP, C. FOLKE, A. GUPTA, J. GUPTA, P. M. HAAS, A. JORDAN, N. KANIE, T. KLUVANKOVA-ORAVSKA, L. LEBEL, D. LIVERMAN, J. MEADOWCROFT, R. B. MITCHELL, P. NEWELL, S. OBERTHÜR, L. OLSSON, P. PATTBERG, R. SANCHEZ-RODRIGUEZ, H. SCHROEDER, A. UNDERDAL, S. CAMARGO VIERA, C. VOGEL, O. R. YOUNG, A. BROCK, R. ZONDERVAN. 2012. Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance, Science, Vol. 335, No. 6074, pp. 1306-1307. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian . 2012. Insufficient Climate Policy Integration in EU Energy Policy: the Importance of the Long-term Perspective, Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 228-247. Link
  • GROEN, Lisanne, NIEMANN, Arne, & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2012. The EU as a Global Leader? The Copenhagen and Cancun UN Climate Change Negotiations, Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 173-191. Link
  • JORGENSEN Knud Erik, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & SHAHIN, Jamal. 2011. Introduction: Assessing the EU’s Performance in International Institutions – Conceptual Framework and Core Findings, Journal of European Integration, Vol. 33, No. 6, pp. 599-620. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2011. The European Union’s Performance in the International Climate Change Regime, Journal of European Integration, Vol. 33, No. 6, pp. 667-682. Link
  • HARE, William, STOCKWELL, Claire, FLACHSLAND, Christian & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2010. The Architecture of the Global Climate Regime: A Top-down Perspective, Climate Policy, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 600-614. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & LEFEBER René. 2010. Holding Countries to Account: The Kyoto Protocol’s Compliance System Revisited after Four Years of Experience, Climate Law, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 133-158. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2009. Interplay Management: Enhancing Environmental Policy Integration Among International Institutions, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 371-391. Link
  • GEHRING, Thomas & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2009. The Causal Mechanisms of Interaction between International Institutions, European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 125-156. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & ROCHE KELLY, Claire. 2008. EU Leadership in International Climate Policy: Achievements and Challenges, The International Spectator, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 35-50. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2007. Die Wirksamkeit von Verrechtlichung: Die Compliance-Mechanismen internationaler Umweltregime, Klaus Jacob/Frank Biermann/Per-Olof Busch/Peter Feindt (eds.), Politik und Umwelt (Politische Vierteljahresschrift 39/2007, Sonderheft), pp. 73-93. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & GEHRING Thomas. 2006. Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance: The Case of the Cartagena Protocol and the World Trade Organization, Global Environmental Politics, Vol 6., No. 2, pp. 1-31. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & TANZLER Dennis. 2006. The Influence of International Regimes in Policy Diffusion: The Kyoto Protocol and Climate Policies in the European Union, Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht, 3/2006, pp. 283-311.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & GEHRING Thomas. 2004. Reforming International Environmental Governance: An Institutionalist Critique of the Proposal for a World Environment Organization, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 359-381. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2003. Institutional Interaction to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Transport: ICAO, IMO and the Kyoto Protocol, Climate Policy, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 191-205. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2002. Clustering of Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Potentials and Limitations, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 317-340. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2001. Linkages between the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols. Enhancing Synergies between Protecting the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 357-377. Link
  • HAQ, Gary, BAILEY D., Peter, CHADWICK J., Michael, FORRESTER, John, KUYLENSTIERNA, Johan, LEACH, Gerald, VILLAGRASA, Delia, FERGUSSON, Malcolm, SKINNER, Ian & OBERTHÜR Sebastian. 2001. Determining the Costs to Industry of Environmental Regulation, European Environment, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 125-139. Link
  • BARKER, Terry, KRAM, Tom, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & VOOGT, Monique. 2000. The Role of EU Internal Policies in Implementing Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options to Achieve Kyoto Targets, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 243-265. Link
  • GEHRING, Thomas & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2000. Was bringt eine Weltumweltorganisation? Kooperationstheoretische Anmerkungen zur Institutionellen Neuordnung der internationalen Umweltpolitik, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 185-211. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1999. The EU as an International Actor: The Case of the Protection of the Ozone Layer, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 641-659. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1999. The International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling: From Over-Exploitation to Total Prohibition, Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development, 1998/99, pp. 29-37. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1996. Die Reflexivität internationaler Regime. Erkenntnisse aus der Untersuchung von drei umweltpolitischen Problemfeldern, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 7-44. Link
  • LOSKE, Reinhard & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1994. Joint Implementation under the Climate Change Convention, International Environmental Affairs, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 45-58. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1992. Die Zerstörung der stratosphärischen Ozonschicht als internationales Problem, Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 155-185. Link

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2015. Die G7 auf Schloss Elmau: Meilenstein auf dem Weg nach Paris, Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht (ZUR), Vol. 26, no 7/8, pp. 385-386. Link
  • DRÖGE, Susanne, SPENCER, Thomas, DEPREZ, Alexandra, GALLAGHER, Liz, GRADZIUK, Artur, MARCU, Andrei, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian, SARTOR, Oliver, WAISMAN, Henri & WYNS, Tomas . 2015. The EU’s INDC and its contribution to a successful deal in Paris 2015, Paper #2 of the EU Think Tank Platform for Paris 2015, May 5, 2015 Link pdf
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian; LA VINA, Antonio G. M. & MORGAN, Jennifer. 2015. Getting Specific on the 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Suggestions for the Legal Text with an Explanatory Memorandum Link
  • MORGAN, Jennifer, DAGNET, Yamide, HÖHNE, Niklas, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & LI, Lina. 2014. Race to the Top: Driving Ambition in the Post-2020 International Climate Agreement, Working Paper. Washington, DC: Agreement for Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015). Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2014. Options for a Compliance Mechanism in a 2015 Climate Agreement, Working Paper. Washington, DC: Agreement for Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015). Link
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & LEFEBER, Rene Lefeber. 2012. Das System der Erfüllungskontrolle des Kyoto-Protokolls: Eine Bestandsaufnahme nach sechs Jahren Praxis, Archiv des Völkerrechts, Vol. 50, No. 4: pp. 420-449.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2011. Global Climate Governance after Cancun: Options for EU Leadership, The International Spectator, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 5-13.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2011. Globale Klimapolitik nach Cancún. Optionen für eine Führungsrolle der EU, Transit, Vol. 41, pp. 98-116.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2008. Die Vorreiterrolle der EU in der internationalen Klimapolitik: Erfolge und Herausforderungen, Politische Bildung, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 39-57.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2007. The European Union in International Climate Policy: The Prospect for Leadership, Intereconomics, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 77-83.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & GEHRING Thomas. 2007. Interplay: Broadening Our Perspective on Governance through Institutions, IHDP Update, 1/2007, pp. 14-16.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2005. Internationale Umweltpolitik, Informationen zur politischen Bildung, Nr. 287/2005: Umweltpolitik, pp. 68-72.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2004. Russland lässt sich bitten, in: Politische Ökologie, Vol. 22, No. 87-88 (March 2004: Energiegeladen: Richtungswechsel in der Klima- und Energiepolitik?), pp. 50-51.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian, PFAHL, Stefanie & TANZLER Dennis. 2004. Die internationale Zusammenarbeit zur Förderung erneuerbarer Energien, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, No. B 37/2004, pp. 6-11.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & MARR, Simon. 2002. Das System der Erfüllungskontrolle des Kyoto-Protokolls: Ein Schritt zur wirksamen Durchsetzung im Umweltvölkerrecht, Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 81-89.
  • MARR, Simon & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2002. Die Ergebnisse der 6. und 7. Klimakonfererenz von Bonn und Marrakesch, Natur und Recht, Vol. 24, No. 10, pp. 573-578.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 2000. Ozone Layer Protection at the Turn of the Century: The Eleventh Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 30, pp. 34-41.
  • EHRMANN, Markus & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1997. Spring in Climate Negotiations?, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 192-196.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1997. Montreal Protocol: 10 Years After, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 27, No. 6, pp. 432-440.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1996. UNFCCC: Signs of Progress, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 158-160.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1996. UNFCCC: The Second Conference of the Parties, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 195-201.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & Ott Hermann. 1995. Stand und Perspektiven der internationalen Klimapolitik, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, Vol. 4, pp. 399-415.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian & Ott Hermann. 1995. UN Convention on Climate Change: The First Conference of the Parties, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 25, No. 4/5, pp. 144-150 and pp. 154-156.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1994. Climate Change Convention: Preparations for the First Conference of the Parties, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 299-303.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1993. Climate INC: Discussions on Joint Implementation and the Financial Mechanism, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 23, No. 6, pp. 245-249.
  • OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1993. The Negotiations on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: An Analysis, Law and State, Vol. 48, pp. 7-34.
  • GEHRING, Thomas & OBERTHUR, Sebastian. 1993. Montreal Protocol: The Copenhagen Meeting, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 6-12.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1992. Rio: kein Mißerfolg, Europa-Archiv, Vol. 47, No. 20, pp. 595-602.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1992. Die internationale Zuammenarbeit zum Schutz des Weltklimas, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Nr. B 16/92, pp. 9-20.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 1991. Climate Negotiations: Progress Slow, Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 21, No. 5/6, pp. 193-195.

Commissioned Research & Policy Work

  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & ROESSING, Ernesto. 2015. Implications of actions to enhance synergies: An independent analysis and report, UN doc. UNEP/CMS/StC44/15.1 Link pdf
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & WYNS, Tomas. 2014. Paris Climate Agreement 2015 – EU needs to ensure ‘signal’ and ‘direction’, IES Policy Brief, 2014/08. Link

Newspaper Op-eds & Online Commentary

  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2015. Al te lang hebben we veel te veel verwacht van de internationale klimaatconferenties, De Morgen (online), 1 December 2015 Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & SPENCER, Thomas. 2015. Cutting through the legal fog of a UN climate pact, Climate Change News (RTCC), 19 October 2015 Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & DUPONT, Claire. 2015. With the Paris climate conference approaching, the EU should redouble its efforts to reach full decarbonisation, European Politics and Policy blog Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2014. What’s the best way to enforce an international climate agreement?, Climate Change News (RTCC), 27 November 2014 Link