october 16 - october 21 // 2022

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Kristina Gjerde

Senior High Seas Advisor, IUCN - Global Marine and Polar Program

Adjunct Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Kristina M Gjerde is adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and senior high seas advisor to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Global Marine and Polar Programme. ( She was recently awarded the Ocean Visionary Prize by Boat International. At MIIS she teaches international marine environmental law and at IUCN she fosters international efforts to improve the conservation and management of the high seas and deep seabed beyond national jurisdiction.

Kristina initially specialized in admiralty law at the New York City law firm of Lord, Day & Lord. She later served as a research fellow at the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and research fellow/guest lecturer at the University of Hull Law School (UK), and represented WWF at the International Maritime Organisation in London. In 2003, she was awarded a three-year Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation ( to support her work on high seas governance. Kristina co-founded and currently serves on the boards of four initiatives: the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (, (Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (, the Sargasso Sea Project ( and the High Seas Alliance (