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dr Barbara Stępień

Adjunct professor and doctor in law. During the period of 2014-2015, Barbara was a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law and at the Heidelberg University (Germany). In 2015 she was a BlueBook Trainee in the Legal Service of the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium). From 2016 to 2018 Barbara was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. From 2018 to 2021 she was a Director of a Research Department at the Electoral Tribunal of Mexico City (Mexico). Since 2019 Barbara has been also a Professor at the Iberoamerican University (Universidad Iberoamericana) in Mexico City and a Visiting Professor at the Inter-American Academy of Human Rights in Saltillo (Mexico). Moreover, she has been an invited professor during several international congresses and lectures in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Poland.

Barbara has also maritime experience and held various positions in the maritime industry. She is a Professional Yacht Captain (Master of Yachts 200 GT) with more than 30,000 nautical miles of experience, including crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Equator. The professional maritime experience she links with her legal research on the law of the sea and international maritime law.

Currently she is directing a research project "Autonomous and unmanned vessels in international law: Yara Birkeland as a challenge to the law of the sea" which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101038097.

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