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  • Head, Department of Environmental Law and Resources Law, University of Malta

Dr. Simone Borg is Head of the Department of Environmental Law and Resources Law and a Resident Academic at the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Catholic University of Leuven, the IMO’s International Maritime Law Institute and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

She read law at the University of Malta where she graduated with a doctorate degree in laws (LL.D.) in 1991 and a Magister Juris degree in International law in 1994. In 2009, she obtained her Ph.D. at the International Maritime Law Institute on the conservation of marine natural resources.

Simone is the ambassador for Malta on climate change issues. She worked for the public sector from 1991 to 2004, first as a First Secretary with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then as Head of the Legal and Multilateral Affairs Section within the Ministry of the Environment. During this time she was mainly responsible for negotiating Malta’s position in International Environmental Multilateral Agreements, including the negotiations to the Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and the Barcelona Convention on the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea and its Protocols. She also drafted legislation and legal policy making in environmental and energy law.

She coordinated the transposition of the environmental and energy acquis communautaire during Malta’s negotiations to become an EU Member State. She also participated as a freelance legal expert on environmental law in various projects with the European Union and the United Nations.

Simone served for two years as the first Chairperson to Malta’s Occupational Health and Safety Authority. She chaired the Committee for Environmental Awards for Maltese Industry in its last two sessions.

She has published numerous articles and papers, including on the topic of the role of Small Island States in International law. She has written two monographs on Malta’s Environmental Law. She is a Co-Chair of the Forum of Legal Experts on Climate Change Adaptation. She was Legal Adviser to the Malta Policy Group of Experts on Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change. She is also Malta’s representative to the EU Group of Experts on Adaptation to Climate Change.

Research Interests:

  • Environmental law and policy
  • Energy and climate change law and policy
  • Sustainable development and natural resource management law and policy
  • International law international maritime law and international relations