Seline Trevisanut has held the chair of International Law and Sustainability at Utrecht University since 1 February 2018. She joined Utrecht in 2012 as Marie Curie Fellow and, in the period 2012-2014, mainly worked on her research project “The International Law of Offshore Installations: Cutting Through Fragmented Regimes Towards Better Governance” (CUP, forthcoming). In December 2014, she was granted an ERC Starting Grant for her project “Accommodating New Interests at Sea: Legal Tools for Sustainable Ocean Governance” (Sustainable Ocean). The project started on 1 October 2015 and studies how the law can contribute to the sustainable use of the oceans. It aims to offer a theory of interest- and regime-interaction in ocean governance. It focuses on the interplay between the law of the sea, climate change law and energy law.

She also conducts research within the Utrecht Centre for Water, Ocean and Sustainibility Law and teaches general international law, international environmental law and ocean law and policy.

Before joining Utrecht University, Seline conducted research and taught in many academic institutions including Columbia University, the European University Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and the Universities of Cagliari, Milan and Trento. She holds a law degree from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Maitrise en Droit) and a PhD in international law from the University of Milan.

Seline is a member of the Scientific Council of the Institut du droit économique de la mer and several editorial boards, including for the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (NYIL) and Questions of International Law (QIL). Her publications include a monograph on Irregular migration by sea in international and EU law (Jovene 2012, in Italian), and edited volumes, inter alia, on Energy from the Sea: An International Law Perspective on Ocean Energy (Brill 2015), Migration in the Mediterranean: Mechanism of International Cooperation (CUP 2015) and Regime Interaction in Ocean Governance: Problems, theories and methods (Brill 2020).

Research interests: public international law, law of the sea, environmental law, energy law, human rights law, refugee law, investment law.

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