Mariamalia Rodriguez-Chaves

Dr. Rodríguez Chaves has more than ten years of experience working with environmental nongovernmental organizations and as an independent consultant on diverse environmental topics, such as renewable energy, marine conservation and management schemes, high seas governance, among other subjects.

She has a Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law from the same University. She has a PhD degree from the School of Law of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), and lectured a Law of the Sea course in the same institution. Dr. Rodríguez Chaves successfully accomplished the United Nations-Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship, and participated in the Comparative Environmental Law Program, University of Florida–University of Costa Rica. She worked at MarViva Foundation as legal adviser in the Policy Advocacy Department, and afterwards as the High Seas Program Coordinator. Currently, she is a consultant for the High Seas Alliance, and works closely with the Latin American countries participating in the United Nations negotiation process on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Her publications include “Marine Spatial Planning in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction” (Wright, G., et. al., 2018), “