Dr. Virginie Tassin Campanella
Founder & Managing Director
Avocat à la Cour (Paris Bar, 2016), EU/EFTA Attorney-at-law (Zürich Bar, 2019) and Doctor in Law (Sorbonne & Melbourne, 2010), Dr. Tassin Campanella is the Founder and Managing Director of the Law Firm “VTA Tassin”, a Public International Law firm dedicated to Oceans and Seas. Dr. Tassin Campanella advises the private sector, investors, foundations, associations, NGOs, international and regional organisations as well as States.
She works with the whole spectrum of actors and sectors of the Blue Economy on topics such as Deepsea mining; Ocean data access use and management; Maritime boundaries negotiations and dispute settlement; Ocean Observation (satellite and in situ); Sustainable shipping; ESG and Sustainability Law; Fisheries and oil cooperation in conflict zones; Joint Development Zones; Marine Environmental Security; Trade and Environment (fisheries, plastic, biodiversity); Access, management and use of Marine Biodiversity; Creation/transformation of International or Regional Organizations; Transboundary pollution; Ocean Governance and Blue Diplomacy…
Dr. Tassin Campanella regularly acts as legal experts before International and Regional Organisations, including the EU, the WB, the IHO / IOC-UNESCO (GEBCO), the IUCN France and IUCN World (Ocean Group) on various public international law topics.
She also possesses a unique experience in international dispute settlement. Former Associate Legal Officer of the International Tribunal for the Law of the sea (ITLOS), Dr. Tassin Campanella worked on the 2011 Seabed Advisory Opinion (Seabed Dispute Chamber), the Bangladesh/Myanmar case, the M/V Louisa Case (St Vincent and the Grenadines vs. Spain), and the M/V Virginia G. Case (Panama vs. Guinea Bissau).
Award winning academic in the Law of the sea (PhD Prize INDEMER Monaco 2011, ESDHC Brazil 2015), she is often invited as a guest professor by leading institutions (such as ITLOS), Universities as well as Business Schools around the world. She is a Member of the Organizing Committee of the Kadir Has Law of the Sea Summer Academy, as well International Counsel to the Brazilian Law of the Sea Institute (IBDMAR). In 2020, Dr. Tassin Campanella was appointed by Royal Ordinance to the Scientific Council of the Economic Law of the Sea Institute (INDEMER) of Monaco, and promoted in 2021 Vice President of the Scientific Council.
With 30+ research articles, chapters and chronicles as well as three books on Law of the Sea issues, Dr. Tassin Campanella is a well-known thought leader in the field (Les défis de l’extension du plateau continental 2010, Guide to the Navigation of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond National Jurisdiction 2017, and Seabed Mining & the Law of the Sea, forthcoming). She is also a regular guest of high-profile international conferences around the world.