Gabriela Oanta is an associate professor of public international law and international relations at the University of A Coruña, School of Law. Since 2008, her research has been focused on international law of the sea, Common Fisheries Policy, international and European marine environment, and business and human rights. She has written six books, several book chapters, and numerous articles on these themes.

Gabriela has a PhD degree in public international law and a LLM degree in European Union studies from the University of A Coruña.

  • What led you to work in human rights and the environment?

Human rights and the environment are two of the central branches of public international law and European Union law. It is impossible to devote oneself to teaching and researching in public international law and European Union law without taking them into account.

  • What have you been working on recently and/or what is your next big project?

In the last months, I edited a book on Law of the Sea and Vulnerable Persons and Groups as Papers of the International Association of the Law of the Sea (Ed. Scientifica, Napoli, 2019; ISBN: 978-88-9391-677-6). I have also coedited (with José Manuel Sobrino Heredia) La construcción jurídica de un espacio marítimo común europeo [translation: The Legal Construction of a Common European Maritime Space] (Bosch Editor, Barcelona, 2020; ISBN: 978-84-121376-4-4).

My next big project is related to the European Union and law of the sea.

  • What are the most compelling challenges in the field of human rights and the environment right now?

In my opinion, the most compelling challenge in Human Rights and the Environment today is their linkage with health. At present, due to the multiple challenges presented by the pandemic COVID-19 virus, I believe that treating animal health and human health in an integrated manner is an intrinsic part of human rights and the environment.

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