Mercedes is a Senior Associate of GSDM. She is a solicitor and legal researcher with a career that spans two decades of advisory and academic work. Mercedes specialises in Public International Law and European Union Law in the fields of Environmental Law, Marine Fisheries Conservation and Management, Transnational Fisheries Crime, and the Human Security impacts of Illegal and Unregulated Fishing. Furthermore, she has a background in Insurance and Reinsurance, and has an interest in global frameworks for Institutional Governance and Accountability.
Mercedes has taught European Union Environmental Law at Queen Mary University and has also undertaken diverse consultancy work, including legal, socio-legal, policy and empirical research and analysis, on such issues as IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing operational patterns, control technology, control assessment and coastal State development. In addition, she established House of Ocean, a not-for-profit consultancy specialising in International and EU Fisheries Law and policy as well as applied legal research on fishery related issues such as Conservation and IUU control.
Mercedes has carried out substantial advocacy activities, including in high profile settings and to senior office-holders, before European Union institutions, especially the European Commission and Parliament. An accomplished project and event coordinator, Mercedes has successfully organised and delivered significant events, including at regional ministerial level. She has further undertaken innovative projects such as project managing scientific input into a multimedia project linking the ocean and human health.