Catherine Blanchard is a PhD Candidate at Utrecht University. She holds a civil law degree (LL.L, summa cum laude, 2012) and a bachelor degree in international development and globalization (B.Sc.Soc Hon DVM, summa cum laude, 2012) from the University of Ottawa, Canada, as well as a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (JD, 2013). She also obtained a master degree in Public International Law at Utrecht University (LL.M., cum laude, 2015). Since 2014, Catherine is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario Bar Association, Canada).

Catherine’s research explores the possible impact of an integrated oceans governance approach on the fragmented regime of international fisheries, focusing on areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Catherine is supervised by prof. Alex Oude Elferink, and her research is funded by the NWO Research Talent Grant. She was also awarded a Doctoral Grant from the SSHRC.

Catherine is a member of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) and the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL). She is also co-manager of the Task Force on Earth Sytem Law of the Earth System Governance Project.