María Julia Oliva
Maria Julia Oliva holds a law degree from the University of Mendoza and a Masters of Laws (LL.M) in environmental law, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. Julia has extensive experience on the interface of trade, intellectual property and sustainability, which has been the focus of her work since moving to Geneva in 2002. She 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.
Previously, she served as 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).
Julia 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.