The BeneLex project aims to investigate the conceptual and practical dimensions of fair and equitable benefit-sharing, including its role and limitations in ensuring fairness and equity in the identification and allocation among different stakeholders of the advantages arising from environmental protection, the sustainable use of natural resources, and the production of knowledge.
The BeneLex project seeks to better understand the progressive development of fair and equitable benefit-sharing obligations and modalities in different areas of international environmental law (biodiversity, food and agriculture, oceans, watercourses, climate change) and their intersection with international human rights law.
Equally, the BeneLex project attempts to identify challenges for indigenous peoples and local communities in fairly and equitably sharing benefits in different sectors and in different regions of the world, and the interface between local, national, regional and international law in this connection.
How can international law support equitable partnerships among States and stakeholders for environmental sustainability, in the face of great power disparities? The BeneLex project analyses and contributes to multiple international negotiations on this crucial question. To that end, we conduct, share and discuss research on international environmental and human rights law in different sectors, that is informed by experiences on the ground in selected countries." - Professor Elisa Morgera