Julia Nakamura

PhD Researcher

Julia’s research is focused on international law for sustainable small-scale fisheries (SSF). Following an ecosystem- and human-rights based approaches, her research aims to clarify the rights and obligations of States and related actors in the context of SSF’s participation in co-managing straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks. It ultimately supports the increasing recognition and promotion of SSF at the international sphere, especially the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals associated with SSF.

Julia’s most recent activities include:

Since joining SCELG in September 2018, Julia has been supporting the centre’s activities. She co-organized the VII Postraduate Colloquium held in 01-02 May 2019 and organized the January 2020’s session of the SCELG discussion group. Julia has also provided teaching assistance to certain classes of the LLM in ocean governance and international law. As part of external consultancies, Julia has contributed to a project leaded by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with FAO concerning the implementation of international legal and policy instruments related to deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction; and to the review of a country’s draft fisheries legislation for a project of the One Ocean Hubb (OOH).

In Brazil, Julia has worked with the Public Defender of the State of Rio de Janeiro assisting people with limited financial resources in matters mostly related to family law (2010-2011), with the Judge of the Regional Federal Court of Appeal analysing documents and drafting decisions within judicial procedures on matters of tax law (2011), with the legal department of a Brazilian private company aimed at the sustainable development of teak plantation (2012-2013), and with the environmental team of a Brazilian law firm, where she worked in cases involving companies from the oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and energy sectors dealing with environmental related issues such as pollution of land, air and water resources, damage to trees, and impacts of their activities on local communities (2013-2015).

Julia holds an LL.B. with emphasis in state and society and an additional domain in international politics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Brazil. She holds an LL.M. with merit in global environment and climate change law from the University of Edinburgh and is member of the Brazilian Bar Association since 2014.

Julia speaks Portuguese, French, reads Spanish and Italian.