New Appointment: Mrs. Maria Julia Oliva – Senior Adviser on access and benefit sharing
Maria Julia Oliva joined the Union for Ethical BioTrade in January 2009 as Senior Adviser on access and benefit sharing, with a focus on intellectual property-related issues. She has extensive experience on the interface of trade, intellectual property and sustainability, having served as a Senior Programme Officer for Trade, Natural Resources, and Environment at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), legal consultant for the UNCTAD BioTrade Facilitation Programme, and Director of the Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Project at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Ms. Oliva is also on the Board of Directors of IP-Watch, an independent reporting service on intellectual property issues; and is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. She holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M) in environmental law, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, and a law degree from the University of Mendoza in Argentina.