María Julia Oliva

Senior Adviser, Union for Ethical BioTrade.

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.

Bridges news

14 December 2016
Realizar un balance del Protocolo de Nagoya podría parecer precipitado a tan solo dos años de su entrada en vigor. Sin embargo, el tiempo suele dilatarse tanto en el desarrollo de las normas internacionales como en su implementación. Los principios de acceso y participación en los beneficios (ABS,...
12 October 2009
Biodiversity is depleting at a faster rate now more than ever before. And with the world's population dependent on biological resources for food, health, and economic welfare, reversing this worrisome trend is a global challenge. Yet discussions at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) - the...
9 March 2009
La cuestión tecnológica ocupará un lugar central en la aplicación plena y sostenida de la Convención sobre Cambio Climático. Y aunque la transferencia de tecnología seguirá siendo importante, parece que las discusiones actuales darán lugar a un enfoque más amplio que considere todo el proceso de...
1 December 2008
Promoting technology development and transfer has proved an important yet elusive topic in the climate context, as in many other international discussions. It is clear that addressing climate change will require technological innovation and the rapid and widespread transfer of clean technologies...
1 May 2008
Not only is coffee production in Ethiopia significant in economic, social and environmental terms for the country itself — it also has critical implications for the genetic diversity of one of the world’s most important commodities. As attempts to protect and promote Ethiopian coffee develop, it is...
1 May 2008
Not only is coffee production in Ethiopia significant in economic, social and environmental terms for the country itself — it also has critical implications for the genetic diversity of one of the world’s most important commodities. As attempts to protect and promote Ethiopian coffee develop, it is...