Eva van der Marel, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø, Norway), PhD in International Law, CIES Visiting Fellow, 2018-2019
A few weeks after handing in my PhD in international (fisheries) law, I started working at the European Commission (DG MARE). Our unit's focus is on ocean governance, the law of the sea, and the Arctic, and my specific role is to provide law of the sea expertise and help with policy development in these areas. In particular, I have been working on the fisheries subsidies negotiations at the WTO, for which I am part of the EU delegation. I am also part of our "Arctic team", helping with the work towards implementing and further developing the EU's Arctic Policy. It is one of my great pleasures to be regularly traveling to Geneva for work, which sometimes allows me to pass by the CIES again to say hello. I am incredibly grateful for my experience at the CIES, where I was a visiting PhD candidate from UiT The Arctic University of Norway during the last year of my PhD. I greatly enjoyed the diversity of the crew there, from economists to historians to lawyers, which allowed for interesting exchanges and discussions. Moreover, there is always something of interest going on at the Graduate Institute (lunch talks, exposés, conferences...). I even had the pleasure of moderating a debate following the screening of "Anote's Ark", which speaks of migration due to sea level rise, and which was organised on World Environment Day in partnership with UNEP and the Geneva Environment Network. I am so grateful to James Hollway, Andhina, and generally the CIES crew for having me, and for making the end of the PhD so much more bearable. Despite Switzerland being a land-locked country, and Geneva being hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest sea, I hope to be back soon!