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).

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

National post-2020 greenhouse gas targets and diversity-aware leadership

Meinshausen, M., Jeffery, L., Guetschow, J., Robiou Du Pont, Y., Rogelj, J., Schaeffer, M., Höhne, N., den Elzen, M., Oberthür, S. & Meinshausen, N. 2015 In : Nature Climate Change. 5, 12, p. 1098-1106 8 p.

The EU as a Global Leader? The Copenhagen and Cancun UN Climate Change Negotiations

Groen, L., Niemann, A. & Oberthur, S. 20 Dec 2012 In : Journal of Contemporary European Research. 8, p. 173-191 19 p.

Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance

Oberthur, S. & 29 others Biermann, F., Abbott, S. K., Andresen, K., Backstrand, S., Bernstein, M. S., Betsill, H. M., Cashore, J., Clapp, J., Folke, C., Gupta, J. A., Gupta, P., Haas, A. P. M., Jordan, N., Kanie, T., Kluvankova-Oravska, L., Liverman, D., Meadowcroft, R., Mitchell, P., Newell, S., Olsson, P., Pattberg, R., Sanchez-Rodriguez, H., Schroeder, A., Underdal, S., Camargo Viera, C., Vogel, O., Young, A., BROCK, R. & Zondervan, R. 6 Mar 2012 In : Science. 335, 6074, p. 1306-1307 2 p.

Introduction: Assessing the EU’s Performance in International Institutions – Conceptual Framework and Core Findings

Jørgensen, K. E., Oberthur, S. & Shahin, J. 24 Oct 2011 In : Journal of European Integration. 33, 6, p. 599-620 22 p.

Global Climate Governance after Cancun: Options for EU Leadership.

Oberthur, S. 2011 In : The International Spectator. 46, p. 5-13 9 p.

Introduction: Assessing the EU's Performance in International Institutions.

Oberthur, S., Jørgensen, K. E. & Shahin, J. 2011 In : Journal of European Integration. 33, p. 599-620 22 p.

The European Union's Performance in the International Climate Change Regime.

Oberthur, S. 2011 In : Journal of European Integration. 33, p. 667-682 16 p.

The Architecture of the Global Climate Regime: A Top-down Perspective

Hare, W., Stockwell, C., Flachsland, C. & Oberthur, S. 1 Jan 2010 In : Climate Policy. 10, 6, p. 600-614 15 p.

Interplay Management: Enhancing Environmental Policy Integration among International Institutions

Oberthur, S. 2009 In : International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics. 9, p. 371-391 21 p.

The Causal Mechanisms of Interaction between International Institutions

Oberthur, S. & Gehring, T. 2009 In : European Journal of International Relations. 15, 1, p. 125-156 32 p.

Chapters

Conclusions: Lessons Learned

Dupont-(roche Kelly), C. & Oberthur, S. 2015 Decarbonization in the European Union: Internal Policies and External Strategies. Dupont, C. & Oberthür, S. (eds.). Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 244-265 22 p.

Decarbonization in the EU: Setting the Scene

Dupont-(roche Kelly), C. & Oberthur, S. 2015 Decarbonization in the European Union: Internal Policies and External Strategies. Dupont, C. & Oberthür, S. (eds.). Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-24 24 p.

Institutional Interactions

Oberthür, S. & Van de Graaf, T. 2015 Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance. Morin, J. F. & Orsini, A. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 101-104 4 p.

The European Union

Dupont-(roche Kelly), C. & Oberthur, S. 2015 Research Handbook on Climate Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 224-236 13 p.

Conclusions: An Assessment of Global Governance of Genetic Resources after the Nagoya Protocol

Oberthur, S. 2014 Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol. Oberthür, S. & Rosendal, G. K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 231-250 20 p. (Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance)

Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Background and Analytical Framework

Oberthur, S. 2014 Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol. Oberthür, S. & Rosendal, G. K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 1-17 17 p. (Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance)

The Impact of the Nagoya Protocol on the Evolving Institutional Complex of ABS Governance

Oberthur, S. & Pozarowska, J. 2014 Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol. Oberthür, S. & Rosendal, G. K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 178-195 18 p. (Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance)

The Role of the European Union in the Nagoya Protocol Negotiations: Self-interested Bridge Building, Global Governance of Genetic Resources

Oberthur, S. & Rabitz, F. 2014 Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol. Oberthür, S. & Rosendal, G. K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 79-95 17 p. (Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance)

Transparency in the Governance of Acces and Benefit Sharing from Genetic Resources

Orsini, A., Oberthur, S. & Pozarowska, J. 2014 Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives. Gupta, A. & Mason, M. (eds.). Cambridge: MIT Press, p. 157-180 24 p. (Earth System Governance)

The EU’s Role in International Climate Change Policy-Making: A Global Leader in Decline?

Groen, L., Oberthur, S. & Niemann, A. 31 Jan 2013 Global Power Europe: Policies, Actions and Influence of the EU's External Relations. Heidelberg: Springer, Vol. 2, p. 37-54 18 p.

Discussion Summary – Working Group: International Climate Policy before COP 17

Oberthur, S. 2013 Climate Change and Environmental Hazards Related to Shipping: An International Legal Framework. Koch, H., König, D., Sanden, J. & Verheyen, R. (eds.). Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, p. 87-92 6 p.

Global Environmental Institutions

Oberthur, S. & Groen, L. 19 Nov 2012 Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions: Performance, Policy, Power. Jørgensen, K. E. & Laatikainen, K. V. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, p. 282-293 12 p.

Key Features of the Kyoto Protocol’s Compli-ance System

Oberthur, S. & Lefeber, R. 1 Jan 2012 Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime. Brunnée, J., Doelle, M. & Rajamani, L. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

Conclusions: Decentralized Interplay Management in an Evolving Interinstitutional Order.

Oberthur, S. & Stokke, O. S. 2011 Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change. Oberthür, S. & Schram Stokke, O. (eds.). MIT Press, p. 313-341 29 p. (Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change)

Institutional Interaction: Ten Years of Scholarly Development.

Oberthur, S. & Gehring, T. 2011 Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change. Oberthür, S. & Schram Stokke, O. (eds.). MIT Press, p. 25-58 34 p.

Introduction: Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Change

Stokke, O. S. & Oberthur, S. 2011 Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change. MIT Press, p. 1-23 23 p.

Key Features of the Kyoto Protocol's Compliance System.

Lefeber, R. & Oberthur, S. 2011 Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime. Brunnéé, J., Doelle, M. & Rajamani, L. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 77-101 25 p.

Managing Policy Contradictions between the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols: The Case of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases.

Oberthur, S., Dupont-(roche Kelly), C. & Matsumoto, Y. 2011 Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change. Oberthür, S. & Schram Stokke, O. (eds.). MIT Press, p. 115-141 27 p.

The Council, the European Council and International Climate Policy: From Symbolic Leadership to Leaderhip by Example

Oberthur, S. & Dupont, C. 2011 The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics. Wurzel, R. K. & Connelly, J. (eds.). Oxon: Routledge, p. 74-91 320 p.

The Experience of the First Five Years of The Kyoto Protocol's Compliance System.

Oberthur, S. & Lefeber, R. 2011 International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review 2010. Couzens, E. & Honkonen, T. (eds.). Joensuu: University of Eastern Finland 2012, p. 65-93 29 p. (International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review 2010)

From Sharing the Burden to Sharing the Effort: Decision 406/2009/EC on Member State Emission Targets for Non-ETS Sectors

Oberthur, S., Lacasta, N., Santos, E. & Barata, P. 2010 The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal Legislation and Climate Diplomacy. Oberthür, S. & Pallemaerts, M. (eds.). Brussel: VUBPRESS, p. 93-116 24 p.

Introduction

Oberthur, S., Dupont-(roche Kelly), C. & Pallemaerts, M. 2010 The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal Legislation and Climate Diplomacy. Oberthür, S. & Pallemaerts, M. (eds.). Brussel: VUBPRESS, p. 11-25 15 p.

The EU’s Internal and External Climate Policies: an Historical Overview

Oberthur, S. & Pallemaerts, M. 2010 The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal Legislation and Climate Diplomacy. Oberthür, S. & Pallemaerts, M. (eds.). Brussel: VUBPRESS, p. 27-63 37 p.

The Role of the EU in Global Environmental and Climate Governance

Oberthur, S. 2009 The European Union and Global Governance. Telo, M. (ed.). Routledge, p. 192-209 18 p.

Disentangling the Interaction between the Cartagena Protocol and the World Trade Organization

Oberthur, S. & Gehring, T. 2008 Institutional Interplay: Biosafety and Trade. Young, O. R., Chambers, W. B., Kim, J. A. & Have, C. T. (eds.). UNU Press, p. 94-127 34 p.

EU Leadership on Climate Change: Living up to the Challenges

Oberthur, S. 2008 The European Union and World Sustainable Development: Visions of Leading Policy Makers & Academics. Commission, E. (ed.). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (Luxembourg), p. 41-54 14 p. (The European Union and World Sustainable Development: Visions of Leading Policy Makers & Academics)

Interplay: Exploring Institutional Interaction

Oberthur, S. & Gehring, T. 2008 Institutions and Environmental Change: Principal Findings, Applications, and Research Frontiers. Young, O. R., King, L. A. & Schroeder, H. (eds.). MIT Press, p. 187-223 37 p.

Climate Policy in the EU: International Regimes and Policy Diffusion.

Oberthur, S., Dennis, T. & Dennis, P. (ed.) 2007 Europe and Global Climate Change: Politics, Foreign Policy and Regional Cooperation. Edward Elgar, p. 255-277 22 p.

Die Wirksamkeit von Verrechtlichung: Die Compliance-Mechanismen internationaler Umweltregime

Oberthur, S. 2007 Politik und Umwelt. Jacob, K., Biermann, F., Busch, P. & Feindt, P. (eds.). v.s.- Verlag, p. 73-93 21 p. (Politik und Umwelt (Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Sonderheft 39/2007))

Comparative Empirical Analysis and Ideal Types of Institutional Interaction

Oberthur, S. & Ghering, T. 2006 in: Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring (eds.), Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies. p. 307-371 64 p.

Conceptual Foundations of Institutional Interaction

Oberthur, S. & Ghering, T. 2006 in: Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring (eds.), Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies. MIT Press, p. 19-51 32 p.

Fortschritte und Krisen in der internationalen Umweltpolitik.

Oberthur, S. 2006 in: Helmut Hubel et al. (eds.), Jahrbuch Internationale Politik 2003/2004. p. 119-126 8 p.

Introduction

Oberthur, S. & Ghering, T. 2006 in: Sebastian Oberthür and Thomas Gehring (eds.), Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies. MIT Press, p. 1-18 18 p.

The Climate Change Regime: Interactions with ICAO, IMO, and the EU Burden-Sharing Agreement

Oberthur, S. 2006 Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance. Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies. Oberthür, S. & Gehring, T. (eds.). MIT Press, p. 53-77 24 p.

Internationale Umweltpolitik

Oberthur, S. 2005 Informationen zur politischen Bildung: Umweltpolitik.

Auf dem Weg zum Weltumweltrecht? Tendenzen und Wirkungen der Verrechtlichung der internationalen Umweltpolitik.

Oberthur, S. 2004 Verrechtlichung: Baustein für Global Governance?. Zangl, B. & Zürn, M. (eds.). Bonn: Dietz, p. 119-139 21 p.

Exploring Regime Interaction: A Framework for Analysis

Oberthur, S. & Ghering, T. 2004 Regime Consequences: Methodological Challenges and Research Strategies. Underdal, A. & Young, O. R. (eds.). Springer, p. 247-269 23 p.

Russland lässt sich bitten.

Oberthur, S. 2004 in: Politische Ökologie. Vol. 22, p. 50-51 21 p.

Framing Climate Policy beyond Kyoto: Looking Back to Move Forward.

Oberthur, S. 2003 in: David Michel (ed.) Climate Policy for the 21st Century: Meeting the Long-term Challenge of Global Warming. Washington, D.C.: Center for Transatlantic Relations, p. 3-33 31 p.

Articles, essays, reviews

Intellectual Property Rights on Genetic Resources and the Fight Against Poverty

Pozarowska, J., Oberthur, S. & Rabitz, F. 2011 In : Report for European Parliament, Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union, Directorate B, Policy Department.

Die G7 auf Schloss Elmau: Meilenstein auf dem Weg nach Paris

Oberthür, S. Sep 2015 In : Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht (ZUR). 26, 7/8, p. 385-386 2 p.

Interplay: Broadening Our Perspective on Governance through Institutions.

Gehring, T. & Oberthur, S. Jan 2007 In : IHDP Update. 1, p. 14-16 2 p.

Die internationale Zusammenarbeit zur Förderung erneuerbarer Energien

Oberthur, S., Pfahl, S. & Dennis, T. 2004 In : Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte. p. 6-11 7 p.

Race to the Top: Driving Ambition in the Post-2020 International Climate Agreement

Morgan, J., Dagnet, Y., Höhne, N., Oberthur, S. & Li, L. 11 Nov 2014 ACT 2015, p. 1-20 20 p.

Commissioned research, policy work

Implications of actions to enhance synergies: An independent analysis and report

Oberthür, S. & Roessing Neto, E. 15 Sep 2015 Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. 79 p.

EU Governance of Renewable Energy post-2020 – risks and options

Wyns, T. G., Khatchadourian, A. & Oberthür, S. 18 Dec 2014 Brussels: Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 48 p.

Paris Climate Agreement 2015 – EU needs to ensure ‘signal’ and ‘direction’.

Oberthur, S. & Wyns, T. G. Oct 2014 Brussels: Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 4 p.

The EU and South Africa: Building bridges

Oberthur, S., Groen, L., Grevi, G. (ed.) & Renard, T. (ed.) 23 Nov 2012 November 2012 ed. Madrid: FRIDE/Academia Press. 13 p. (European Strategic Partnerships Observatory)

Other publications

The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review.: How has EU membership affected the UK and what might change in the event of a vote to Remain or Leave?

Burns, C., Jordan, A., Gravey, V., Berny, N., Bulmer, S., Carter, N., Cowell, R., Dutton, J., Moore, B., Oberthür, S., Owens, S., Rayner, T., Scott, J. & Stewart, B. 2016 Environmenteuref

The EU’s INDC and its contribution to a successful deal in Paris 2015

Dröge, S., Spencer, T., Deprez, A., Gallagher, L., Gradziuk, A., Marcu, A., Oberthür, S., Sartor, O., Waisman, H. & Wyns, T. G. Jul 2015 Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

EU Performance in International Institutions: Towards a More Comprehensive Assessment of Effectiveness.

Groen, L. & Oberthur, S. 22 May 2014 Paper presented at the EU in International Affairs IV Conference, 22-24 May 2014, Brussels, Belgium.

EU Performance in Multilateral Institutions

Groen, L. & Oberthur, S. 9 Sep 2013 Paper presented at the 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 18-21 September 2013, Warsaw, Poland..

Insufficient Climate Policy Integration in EU Energy Policy: renewable energy and energy performance of buildings policies.

Dupont-(roche Kelly), C. & Oberthur, S. 2012 Paper presented at the International Studies Conference, San Diego, USA, April 2012. (Paper presented at the International Studies Conference, San Diego, USA, April 2012)

Assessing the Impact of the Nagoya Protocol on the Evolving Institutional Complex of ABS Governance

Pozarowska, J. & Oberthur, S. 2011 Paper presented at Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Governance after the Nagoya Protocol: Architecture and Actors, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, Norway, 26 – 27 September 2011. (Paper presented at Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Governance after the Nagoya Protocol: Architecture and Actors, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, Norway, 26 – 27 September 2011)

Climate policy integration into EU energy policy: achievements and driving forces

Dupont-(roche Kelly), C. & Oberthur, S. 2011 Paper presented at International Studies Association, Montreal, March 2011. (Paper presented at International Studies Association, Montreal, March 2011)

Insufficient climate policy integration in EU energy policy: the importance of the long-term perspective

Dupont-(roche Kelly), C. & Oberthur, S. 2011 Paper presented at Earth Systems Governance conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, May 2011. (Paper presented at Earth Systems Governance conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, May 2011)

Understanding the Dynamics of International Governance Architectures: The Nagoya Protocol and ABS Governance

Pozarowska, J. & Oberthur, S. 2011 Paper presented at the International Workshop on the Fragmentation of Global Environmental Governance: Causes, Consequences and Responses, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany, 29 – 30 August 2011. (Paper presented at the International Workshop on the Fragmentation of Global Environmental Governance: Causes, Consequences and Responses, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany, 29 – 30 August 2011)

Access and Benefit-Sharing: The Evolution of the Institutional Complex for the Governance of Genetic Resources

Pozarowska, J. & Oberthur, S. 2010 Paper presented at the 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association “Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners”, New Orleans, US, 17 - 20 February 2010. (Paper presented at the 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association “Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners”, New Orleans, US, 17 - 20 February 2010)

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