Tallash Kantai’s research, funded by a One Ocean Hub Studentship, delves into the governance of marine plastics at the international level, examining the legal regimes acting on, deliberating, or linked to plastic pollution that ends up in the ocean. The work will also consider the notion of mutual effectiveness as a tool that could connect the seemingly disparate legal regimes, with a view to assessing options to create more cohesive, effective governance strategies to manage the unwieldy challenge posed by marine plastic pollution. Tallash will look at regimes that are not usually linked to the ocean, specifically from the chemicals and waste cluster of Conventions, as well as those regimes considered to have mandates related to the protection of the ocean for the common good.
For over a decade, Tallash has observed and analysed international environmental negotiations, most recently those related to the:
- Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;
- International Seabed Authority;
- Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal;
- Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade; and
- Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
She previously worked for the United Nations on REDD+ in Indonesia on a programme coordinating multi-stakeholder efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by controlling deforestation and addressing land degradation. She also worked at the Africa Center for Technology Studies in Kenya, on a project considering the effects to livestock of regional responses to drought.
Tallash has an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a BA in International Relations from the United States International University, Africa.