Maria joined UNB Law in 2019. She received her LLB at the University of Athens in 2005 and her LLM at NYU Law in 2006; she was admitted to the Athens Bar in 2007. She did her PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School, during which time she was also a teaching assistant at Osgoode Hall and a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School. She obtained her PhD in 2015 and moved to Waterloo, Ontario, where she started on a post-doctoral fellowship with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), later being promoted to a research fellow and subsequently director of the Summer Law Institute at Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Maria’s research focuses on the interaction between national strategies on climate change and World Trade Organization (WTO) law. Her teaching interests include International Trade Law, Public International Law, and Globalization and the Law; she also taught Ethical Lawyering in a Global Community. Maria has advised governments in Canada, emphasizing sustainable economic development clauses in trade agreements, labour standards, the economic empowerment of women, and has recently been researching and writing on economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples as they appear in Canada’s free trade agreements.
Carolina lectures on International Law and International Relations at the University of Malaga. She is part of the research projects “Collective at the margins: its exclusion from the Law in times of crisis” and “International and European Law responses to the human security new risks and threats”. She is also member of the Saharawi Political Prisoners Committee. Carolina was a researcher in EU External Relations Law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, where she was a Fellow of the CLEER. In her research and publications, her focus lies on the external action of the European Union, Occupied Territories as well as on the interaction of International Law and European Law.
In 2013, Carolina obtained her International PhD with a thesis on gender and armed conflict. In 2015 she won the International Research Award “Victoria Kent” and in 2019 the prize to the “best under 35 teaching“ of the School of Law. She has made several international research stays at centres of excellence, among which the University of Cambridge, the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) or the Centre for Gender and Women´s Studies in Lancaster University. She has published several articles and chapters in the field of gender, human rights, occupied territories, Western Sahara, refugees and External Relations of the EU in Spanish, English and French. She also published two books about women and war: “Las mujeres en los conflictos armados: conflicto, proceso de paz y posconflicto” and “La dimension de género en los Tribunales Penales Internacionales” and one book about Western Sahara conflict “El conflict del Sáhara Occidental: el papel del Frente POLISARIO”.