Public PhD Defence of Justyna Pożarowska - Governance through institutional complexes. Towards a post-Nagoya institutional equilibrium in the international management of genetic resources

12 Jan 2015 16:00
12 Jan 2015 18:30

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has the pleasure to invite you to the public defence of Justyna Pożarowska PhD dissertation entitled: "Governance through institutional complexes. Towards a post-Nagoya institutional equilibrium in the international management of genetic resources".

The defence will take place at the premises of the IES on 12 January 2015 at 16:00, followed by a reception at 18:00.

Please confirm your attendance before 9 January by sending an email to and

Jury members

  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür (supervisor)
  • Prof. Dr. Harri Kalimo (co-supervisor)
  • Prof. Dr. Gustaaf Geeraerts (second co-supervisor)
  • Prof. Dr. Jamal Shahin (chair of the PhD Committee)
  • Prof. Dr. Amandine Orsini
  • Prof. Dr. Kristin Rosendal


International institutional interactions and the resulting institutional complexes are the subjects of research covered under this thesis. Building empirically on the case of access to and benefit-sharing from genetic resources (ABS), the research looks at interactions between international institutions involved in the ABS domain, covering a diverse range of sub-issues such as environmental protection, agriculture, intellectual property rights, international trade, marine genetic resources, human rights, cultural heritage and others.

The need to manage ABS-related interactions culminated in the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which established or confirmed the specialisation of particular institutions. With reference to this particular moment, the study reveals the ABS institutional complex to be a distinctive unit of international institutional reality. Such a complex is investigated in terms of its structure, internal process and its evolution over time.

In its conclusions, the study is calling to acknowledge institutional interactions and the resulting complexes as significant elements of international reality. The place of a particular issue in the broader institutional context, linkages with other international domains and relevant institutions, as well as the big picture of international structures targeting a particular concern should be taken into account at different levels of international and national policy-making. Due to ongoing processes, as reviewed in this thesis, such policy-making is inevitably required to become the diplomacy of institutional interactions and the management of institutional complexes.


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Justyna Pożarowska
Researcher Environment and Sustainable Development
Institute for European Studies
+32 2 614 80 01

Anamaria Bacsin (Logistics)
Communications & Internal Events
+32 2 614 80 40
Institute for European Studies