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Latin American and the Caribbean
Costa Rica
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About / Bio
Mariamalia has more than ten years of experience working with environmental nongovernmental organizations and as an independent consultant on diverse environmental topics, such as renewable energy, urban planning, marine conservation and management schemes, fisheries management, among other subjects.

She is a PhD candidate in the School of Law of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). She lectured a Law of the Sea course in NUIG (2016), and her PhD research topic is “Regionalizing global legal commitments in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: The case of the Costa Rica Dome.” She has a Law Degree (2006) from the University of Costa Rica, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law (2009) from the same University.

Mariamalia successfully accomplished the United Nations - Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship 2013-2014. Within the Fellowship program, she spent the first phase as an intern in the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS). The second phase of the program took place in the National University of Ireland Galway, where she did research on conservation schemes applicable to the high seas, focusing on the Costa Rica Dome. She also participated in the Comparative Environmental Law Program, University of Florida – University of Costa Rica (2007), where she did research on community-based artisanal fishing grounds in Tarcoles, Costa Rica; and has undertaken additional Law of the Sea and Environmental Law courses organized by the Costa Rica Bar Association and other organizations.

She worked at the MarViva Foundation as legal adviser in the Policy Advocacy Department (2009-2012), and afterwards as High Seas Programme Coordinator (2014-2015), focusing on the promotion of the Costa Rica Dome initiative and following closely the United Nations negotiation process on conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction; as well as supporting Latin American representatives, building partnerships and facilitating technical advice to Government authorities and other NGOs.

Currently she works as a consultant for The Pew Charitable Trusts on high seas topics.

Her publications include the “Anatomy of a new international instrument for marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction: First impressions of the preparatory process” (Long, Rodriguez Chaves, 2016), “A proposal for the establishment of a Regional management framework for the Costa Rica Dome” (Rodríguez, 2013); the “Manual on coastal and marine and fisheries legislation in Costa Rica” (Cajiao, Lobo and Rodríguez, 2010) and “Conserving marine resources in Costa Rica: marine protected areas and other figures for sustainable use” (Rodríguez, 2011).

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