Our People

IMG_1121 copyDr. Mercedes Rosello is our founding director and principal researcher. Mercedes is an experienced consultant with a background as a City of London lawyer, acquired prior to her transition into academic work. She specialises in the conservation and management of wild marine fisheries, the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union, the operational patterns and human security impacts of IUU fishing, and the global and regional institutional governance of the oceans. Mercedes’ PhD in public international law, awarded by the University of Hull, involved research on IUU fishing as a mechanism of flag State accountability, with a particular focus on European Council Regulation 1005/2008 (the IUU Regulation). Mercedes is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. Her academic profile and list of publications are available here.

Dr. Eva Romée van der Marel is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford, working on the legal regulation of sustainable plastics. Eva has a background in public international law with a focus on the law of the sea and fisheries. She obtained her PhD from UiT The Arctic University of Norway, where she also worked as a research fellow at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea, and taught on the law of the sea and environmental law masters programmes. Eva also holds an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from UCL, a master in European Law from the University of Rennes 1, and an LLB (English and French law) from Exeter University. Eva has worked in research, consulting, and most recently at the European Commission (DG MARE). Click here for her professional and academic profile, and a list of publications.