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Mara Ntona
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Dr Mara Ntona

Last modified: December 8, 2023
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Lecturer in environmental law and human rights law
University of Strathclyde


The sector(s) I work in: Academic





About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

University of Strathclyde

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

My research focuses on the interaction of environmental and human rights law across levels and fields of ocean governance. I specifically draw on legal geography and post-humanist thought to explore the extent to which human rights law can be utilised to challenge the unjust patterns of human-ocean interaction that ocean governance has been found to create and preserve, and so provide a vehicle for the formulation and realisation of transformative blue futures.

I have previously engaged in knowledge exchange activities involving international organizations with a focus on place-based marine management and cross-institutional coordination within ocean governance.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

– marine biodiversity conservation
– marine spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management
– legal and institutional dimensions of ocean governance
– human rights-based, ecosystem-based, and place-based approaches to ocean governance
– blue justice/blue degrowth
– critical environmental law
– legal geography
– post-humanism


M Ntona, Human Rights and Ocean Governance: The Potential of Marine Spatial Planning in Europe (Routledge 2023),

E Morgera and others, ‘Ocean-based Climate Action and Human Rights Implications under the International Climate Change Regime’ (2023) 38 The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 411,

M Ntona and M Schröder, ‘Regulating Oceanic Imaginaries: The Legal Construction of Space, Identities, Relations and Epistemological Hierarchies within Marine Spatial Planning’ 2020) 19 Maritime Studies 241,

E Morgera, M Geelhoed and M Ntona, ‘European Environmental Law’ in E Techera and others (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law (Routledge 2020)

M Ntona and E Morgera, ‘Connecting SDG 14 with the Other Sustainable Development Goals through Marine Spatial Planning’ (2018) 93 Marine Policy 214,

E Morgera and M Ntona, ‘Linking Small-scale Fisheries to International Obligations on Marine Technology Transfer’ (2018) 93 Marine Policy 295,

M Ntona, ‘Technology Transfer’ in E Morgera and J Razzaque (eds), Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law (Edward Elgar 2017),

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