Julia Nakamura joined SCELG in September 2018. She is a lawyer with a diverse background of studies and work experiences. Her research interests comprise the analysis of the interplay between international law and national legal systems with a focus on the law of the sea and fisheries related matters. Her PhD research aims to investigate how public international law contributes to the sustainability in small-scale fisheries particularly through fisheries co-management.
Julia has been working with the Development Law Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO’s legal office. She has contributed with legal research and consultancy works on fisheries issues and related matters. In specific, she has worked on the preparation of the legislative guide to implement the Voluntary Guidelines to Secure Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries - SSF Guidelines and the practical guide on legislating for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries - EAF. She has also contributed for the elaboration of reports on the review of primary fisheries legislations of two Caribbean countries to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Her current work involves the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - CITES through fisheries legal frameworks.
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, and an LL.M. with merit in global environment and climate change law from the University of Edinburgh. She is member of the Brazilian Bar Association since 2014.
Julia speaks Portuguese, French, reads Spanish and Italian.