Mara Ntona

PhD Researcher

Mara Ntona’s research seeks to elucidate the potential contribution of procedural environmental rights — and in particular of access to justice — to the resolution of the “user vs environment” conflicts that are likely to arise following the drawing up and implementation of integrated, multi-scalar marine spatial planning initiatives under European Law.

In order to determine which rights and interests are “actionable” under the applicable legal framework, Mara’s research will explore different notions of ownership, highlighting the nuances that differentiate marine spatial planning from its terrestrial counterpart. Ultimately, her thesis will contemplate the role of access to justice as a “human dimension criterion" for the operationalisation of the ecosystem approach in the marine context.

Mara’s most recent activities include:

  • providing research assistance to the BeneLex project ("Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy - the role of law"), with particular reference to benefit-sharing under the Law of the Sea regime
  • providing research assistance to the MARINE BENEFITS project, which investigates fair and equitable benefit-sharing in the context of international fisheries law and policy
  • providing research assistance to the Mediterranean Programme for International Environmental Law & Negotiation (MEPIELAN) Centre, focusing on legal issues arising from the implementation of the Barcelona Convention with regard to maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management
  • contributing a chapter on technology transfer under the Convention on Biological Diversity to an Encyclopedia on Nature Conservation Law, edited by Prof Elisa Morgera (forthcoming, March 2017)
  • Mara has previously worked in private practice as an attorney, specialising in the areas of European Energy, Competition & State Aid Law as well as Public and Administrative Law. She is a member of the Athens Bar Association (Greece)

Mara speaks French and Greek.