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Poto, Margherita

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In the past seventeen years I have developed an extensive research and academic experience worldwide, first working as a project assistant, then progressively as a team leader and principal investigator in internationally funded research projects, in cooperation with academic institutions, research institutes, international organisations, governmental and non-governmental organisations (among others: Universities in Italy, Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and North America; international organisations such as the ITC-ILO, World Bank).

My research and academic activity has been focusing on regulatory issues connected to international and comparative public law, governance and regulation in sensitive areas (indigenous rights, nature rights, right to a safe environment, right to food, global health, ethics in public contracts, supervision in financial markets); contract law, torts, property law and liability rules (both of States and individuals). My professional experience as a lawyer and legal consultant covered also the different sectors of private law (family law, property law, contract and torts), administrative law and civil procedure.

In addition to it, I have also more than ten years’ experience as legal counsel and external consultant for private companies, academic institutions and international organisations supporting transition economies to implement global regulatory standards.


My current research interests cover the fields of ocean governance, climate change and indigenous law, comparative administrative Law, environmental law and sustainability, Arctic governance and the role of non-State actors, food safety, food security and sustainability in the Arctic and beyond. I am particularly interested in the development of new methodological approaches to law, that encompass indigenous methodologies, intra-comparative analysis, community and gender-based research.

 In the past, my investigation covered global administrative law dynamics (at the intersect of International, European and National law), regulatory issues on the integration of Conventional and Traditional medicine in EU and in China; ethics in Public Procurement (International and National Law); financial supervision in the European market (Regulatory frameworks, legal dynamics, sociological studies on the role of independent administrative authorities).


2016-2019 The Arctic University of Norway, UiT, Tromsø. Lecturer to Master and LLM Students in the Course JUR-3622; Lecturer to PhD Students JUR-8008; Havressursrett JUR-3618


International Environmental Law and Climate Change in the Arctic (JUR-3622; Master Students, LLM, Exchange Students with diversified legal background)
Course content: International Environmental Law and its relationship with other regimes (human rights, criminal law, trade);  Arctic Environmental Governance; the Arctic Council and the Participation of Indigenous Groups; Sami Participation in International and Norwegian Decision Making Processes; Nature’s Rights in the Arctic Governance; interactions between different levels of environmental regulation and governance (international, EU, national, transnational and local level); Indigenous Law and Interactions between Western and Indigenous Legal Cultures.


Introduction to Comparative Law and Scandinavian Legal Thinking (PhD Students)
Course Content: Key Principles Comparative Law; Legal Taxonomies and Legal Families; Legal Pluralism; Common Law and Civil Law characteristics; Characteristics of the Scandinavian Legal System; Nordic Legal Cooperation and European Harmonisation; Nordic Law in European Context; Sami Law and Methodology; Scandinavian Legal Realism.

Seafood Law; Introduction to general Food Law; Food Safety, Food Security, Food Sovereignty; International Food Law; EU Food Law; Norwegian Food Law (Matlov); Fisheries and Seafood


For further teaching experience, teaching portfolio and teaching methods, see attached cv.

Arbeider i CRIStin

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Tafesework Geletu, Eden. Balancing Agro-Fuels and Food Security on the Tightrope Towards Sustainability. European Food and Feed Law Review 2019; Volum 14 (3). ISSN 1862-2720.s 261 - 268.s doi:

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Fornabaios, Lara; Sordo, Federica. Law and Science Make a Common Effort to Enact a Zero Waste Strategy for Beverages. Elsevier 2019 ISBN 9780128152591.s 495 - 516.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Shaping solutions to climate change and food (in)security by integrating peoples' environmental knowledge in the Arctic regions. Wageningen Academic Publishers 2019 ISBN 978-90-8686-334-1.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Fornabaio, Lara; Tafesework, Eden. Food Governance to the Test of Internal Contradictions and External Pressures. Aracne editrice 2018 ISBN 978-88-255-1904-4.s 303 - 328.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Fornabaio, Lara. New paradigms in the food system to reverse the route on environmental change from consumers to savers. 2018 ISBN 9788559968200.s 261 - 290.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Best practices in good administration: a case study on the municipality of Tromsø. Fagbokforlaget 2018 ISBN 978-82-450-2313-8.s 243 - 262.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Legal Instruments to Protect Indigenous Peoples' Participation in Europe and in the Arctic Region. Intersentia 2018 ISBN 9781780686103.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. The Second Pillar of the Aarhus Convention and Beyond. Europa Law Publishing 2018 ISBN 978-90-8952-190-3.s 349 - 371.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. As above, so below: reconciling the natural world and the human rights in Canada. Environmental Liability 2017; Volum 2. ISSN 0966-2030.s 70 - 79.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Fornabaio, Lara. Coastal Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic and the Protection of the Marine Environment. Environmental Liability 2017. ISSN 0966-2030.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Concluding Remarks: Water – The Unifying Element. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag 2017 ISBN 9783830537748.s 149 - 155.

  • Fornabaio, Lara; Poto, Margherita Paola. Fathoming the depth of Environmental Governance. Forms of Participation of a Community-Based System in the Arctic. Journal of Academic Perspectives 2017; Volum 3. ISSN 2328-8264.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Fornabaio, Lara. Participation as the Essence of Good Governance: Some General Reflections and a Case Study on the Arctic Council. Arctic Review on Law and Politics 2017; Volum 8. ISSN 1891-6252.s 139 - 159.s doi: 10.23865/arctic.v8.714.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Participatory engagement and the empowerement of the Arctic Indigenous Peoples. Environmental Law Review 2017; Volum 19 (1). ISSN 1461-4529.s 30 - 47.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Responses to Food Waste in a Sharing Economy- We have fully transitioned to a participatory culture, and digital technology is key driver of that transition. Revista de Direito de Cidade 2017. ISSN 1809-6077.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Participatory rights of indigenous peoples: the virtuous example of the Arctic region. Environmental law and management 2016; Volum 28 (2). ISSN 1067-6058.s 81 - 89.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. The Arctic Council as an Actor in the Global Governance. Current Developments in Arctic Law 2016. ISSN 2343-3418.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Jakobsen, Ingvild Ulrikke. Biodiversity protection: the Norwegian perspective Biodiversity conservation: from the Convention on Biological Diversity to the national level. Environmental Liability 2016. ISSN 0966-2030.


  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Lohse, Eva Julia. Best practices for the protection of water by Law. Focus on participatory instruments in environmental law and politics. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag 2017 ISBN 9783830537748.s 149 - 155.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. «De juridiske rammene for bruk av erfaringsbasert kunnskap i forvaltningen etter Naturmangfoldloven § 8/ The Framework for traditional and local knowledge in Norwegian Nature Diversity Act § 8.. Arctic Frontiers 2019-01-24 - 2019-01-24 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita; Arntzen, Svein Kristian; Dahl, Irene Vanja. Sjømat og rettssystemet. International Conference 2019-12-06 - 2019-12-06 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita. Powerful Short Stories from Inspirational Women in Collaboration with A. S. Cerda, M. K Labba and P. B Cerruti. Fagbokforlaget 2019 ISBN 978-82-450-3312-0.s 365 - 376.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Kuhn, Annegret. Integrating Local Knowledge in (Marine) Resource Governance: Approaches, Comparative Perspectives and Best Practices. DNSZ Seed Money 2019/1 2019-11-07 - 2019-11-08 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Ethical and Political Aspects of Sustainability and Participation. Workshop on Sustainability and Participation from a comparative, international and EU perspective 2019-09-26 - 2019-09-26 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Discussant for the talk "Arctic Governance" JCLOS Final Conference – NCLOS Starting Conference Balancing stability and flexibility in adapting to future challenges Tromsø, 19 and 20 September 2019. JCLOS Final Conference – NCLOS Starting Conference 2019-10-19 - 2019-10-20 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Challeging Traditional Narratives. JCLOS Internal Seminar 2019-05-28 - 2019-05-28 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Ocean Governance from an Indigenous Perspective. Kunnskapslunsj – Et Arktis i forandring: Ekologi, hav och klimat i Arktis 2019-08-27 - 2019-08-27 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Review of Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy E. Carina H. Keskitalo & Benjamin L. Preston (Editors). Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2019. ISBN: 9781786432513 (hardcover), ISBN: 9781786432520 (eBook).. Arctic Review on Law and Politics 2019. ISSN 1891-6252.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. “Indigenous Law and Methodology: an eye opening experience generously funded by YoungCAS 2018” ATTR Summer School. ATTR Summer School "Orality, Textuality and Tradition" 2019-06-03 - 2019-06-07 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. The Law of the Sea Institutions (Presentation of the Book Chapter in the Volume ed. by S.V. Busch, E. Johansen, I. Jakobsen). Seminar 2019-01-28 - 2019-01-29 2019.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Coastal Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic and the protection of marine environment. Arctic Frontiers 2018-01-24 - 2018.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Book review to Elana Wilson Rowe, Arctic Governance. Power in Cross Border Cooperation, Manchester University Press, 2018. Arctic Review on Law and Politics 2018; Volum 9. ISSN 1891-6252.s 262 - 263.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Intervention on Arctic Governance at the Norwegian Symposium „Global transitions within local communities, Small places, big changes” at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Symposium 2018-10-22 - 2018-10-24 2018.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. The River and the Dam: The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam. Participation and environmental protection. ECLS Annual General Conference, University of Turin 2018-09-13 - 2018-09-14 2018.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Organisation and Leadership of the Young CAS 2018, Holmen, Oslo. YoungCAS 2018 2018-07-02 - 2018-07-07 2018.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. “The impacts of climate change on the right to food and to a safe environment for coastal indigenous peoples”, Margherita Poto, commentator, Isabela Figueroa. The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Marine Areas 2018-06-07 - 2018-06-08 2018.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Session: Jus, rettigheter og vold, Presentation title: A response to violence: recasting Survivors as shining stars. Det kjønnede Arktiske landskapet 2018-03-22 - 2018-03-23 2018.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Arctic Governance. Master Program; McMaster University (Hamilton, ON, Canada) and University College of Southeast Norway 2018-01-25 - 2018.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Arctic Governance. Master LEcture 2017-02-02 - 2017-02-02 2017.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Coastal Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Protection: challenges and solutions in a comparative perspective presented at the Symposium: „Aktuelle Fragen zu Nachhaltigkeit, Umweltverantwortung und Partizipation in Umweltangelegenheiten“ – „Current issues: Sustainability, Participation, and Responsibility “, University of Bayreuth, Germany. Symposium 2017-11-17 - 2017-11-17 2017.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Stepping Stones Towards a New Order of Environmental Governance. Arctic Review on Law and Politics 2017. ISSN 1891-6252.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Artic Governance. Seminar 2017-02-27 - 2017-03-03 2017.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola; Fornabaio, Lara. Fathoming the Depths of Global Governance. A Lesson from the Arctic Council. Expert Meeting. Arctic Frontiers Side Event 2017-01-26 - 2017-01-26 2017.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Participatory rights of indigenous peoples within the Arctic Council to safeguard marine biodiversity. Annual EELF Conference 2016 Procedural Environmental Rights: Principle X 2016-09-15 - 2016-09-15 2016.

  • Poto, Margherita Paola. Fathoming the Depths of Global Governance A Lesson from the Arctic Council. Oxford Symposium on Population, Migration, and the Environment 2016-12-05 - 2016-12-06 2016.

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