I am working as a
legal officer in the European Commission, in the
department responsible for Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.
I deal with the law of the sea, international fisheries laws, and the
transposition of international norms in this area into the legal order
of the European Union. I am a co-desk for the Northwest Atlantic
Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) and the Central Bering Sea Convention,
and I am involved in preparation of the EU positions for international
negotiations at the meetings of these two organisations.
Almost 18 years have elapsed since my IOI Training Programme. Before
the Programme, I worked also as a maritime lawyer. My participation in
the Programme broadened my perspective, opening up the
multidimensionality of the Ocean and polyphony of Oceanic legal issues,
and also exposed me to problems of developing countries. The Programme
participants, coming from 18 different countries, gave a glimpse of the
international dimension of my future work.
Following the Programme, I continued at Dalhousie, where I completed
graduate studies in law, combined with teaching the law of the sea at
the Programme and doing research for the IOI on deep seabed mining, the
Arctic and marine genetic resources beyond national jurisdiction. My
time at IOI and Dalhousie was very stimulating at a professional and
personal level. In particular, I was very privileged to participate in
Elisabeth’s lecturing and her student potluck events, as well to
converse on various legal and other topics with Judge Ronald St. John
Macdonald. Their personalities and thinking were quite influential.
The Programme also had a big impact on my professional path. Prior to
my current position, I worked for the European Union Delegation in the
Pacific in Fiji Islands. I dealt with development and cooperation
programmes for the Pacific Region, in particular Kiribati and Nauru.
Keeping close relations with small islands developing states, truly
Ocean people helped me to understand better problems of developing
countries, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the marine policy and
Legal Officer, European Commission
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