Julia Nakamura


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Law
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Personal Statement

Julia is a lawyer qualified in Brazil, an international legal consultant and researcher. Since 2015, Julia has been conducting legal research and working abroad on sustainable development legal issues and international law. Julia’s research focuses on international fisheries law and the influence of environmental and human rights-based approaches on fisheries management and conservation, with a particular interest in small-scale fisheries.

Academic / Professional qualifications

Julia has an LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh and an LLB with additional domain in International Politics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

As an international legal consultant for the FAO's Development Law Service, Julia is involved in projects related to the implementation of (i) the  ecosystem approach to fisheries, (ii) the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) through national fisheries legal frameworks, (iii) the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, and (iv) sustainable aquaculture legal frameworks.

Julia is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB-RJ) since 2014.

Expertise & Capabilities

Julia speaks Portuguese, reads French, Spanish and Italian.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • International Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Human Rights
  • Fisheries
  • Small-scale Fisheries
  • International Fisheries Law
  • Ocean Governance
  • Ecosystem Approach


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