Ms Mara Ntona



Personal statement

Mara Ntona is a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde Law School, where she contributes to research and teaching at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law (CSHRL). She has expertise in the areas of international and EU environmental and human rights law. 

Along with other SCELG colleagues, Mara has investigated the implications of Brexit for environmental governance in Scotland and the UK, with particular reference to issues relating to fisheries, nature conservation, and environmental rights. She has also provided legal consultancy services to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), focusing on place-based marine management and cross-institutional coordination within ocean governance.

As a research assistant to the BeneLex and MARINE BENEFITS projects, Mara explored issues of fair and equitable benefit-sharing arising in the context of the law of the sea – work that went on to inform her doctoral research. Her thesis, soon to be completed, explores the extent to which a human rights-based approach to marine spatial planning can serve as a legal tool for upholding and nurturing the multifaceted linkages between ocean health and human well-being.


Mara obtained her LLB from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She holds an LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh. 

She is a member of the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE) and the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and Environment (GNHRE).

Before joining academia, Mara worked in private practice, advising clients in matters of constitutional, administrative, and human rights law. She is a member of the Athens Bar Association (Greece).


Advancing Participation in the Conservation & Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)
Strand Mia, Morgera Elisa, Ntona Mara, Kenny Andrew, Sauer Warwick, Gaebel Christine, Lavelle Jessica, Snow Bernadette
Architectures of Earth System Governance in context : revisiting Marine Spatial Planning in the EU's regional seas in light of the Anthropocene
Cardesa-Salzmann Antonio, Ntona Mara
Earth System Governance in turbulent times
European environmental law
Morgera Elisa, Ntona Maria, Geelhoed Miranda
Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law (2020) (2020)
Regulating oceanic imaginaries : the legal construction of space, identities, relations, and epistemological hierarchies within marine spatial planning
Ntona Maria, Schröder Mika
Maritime Studies Vol 19, pp. 241–254 (2020)
Country report : Greece
Ntona Maria, Asimakopoulou Eleftheria
Yearbook of International Environmental Law Vol 29, pp. 279-286 (2018)
Seize the Moment : Towards Fairer Capacity Building and Marine Technology Transfer
Morgera Elisa, Ntona Maria
IIED Briefing Papers IIED Briefing Papers (2018)

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Law of the sea; international and EU environmental law; international and EU human rights law

Research interests

Environmental justice; ecosystem- and rights-based approaches to environmental governance; oceans governance; spatial planning

Professional activities

ECR Leadership Skills Workshop
Responsible Research Assessment – What Does It Look Like?
Research Integrity & Culture Week 2023 – Launch Event
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Designing a New Capacity Building Approach in Response to Human Rights Innovation in Scotland
SCELG X Anniversary Colloquium on Global Environmental Law and Governance

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