Laura Lallier holds a bachelor degree in law from the University of Western Brittany in Brest, France. She graduated with distinction after an exchange year in the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland. She then graduated with distinction with a Master of Laws specialized in Maritime Law and Law of the Sea, at the University of Nantes, France. Her master thesis addressed the protection of marine biodiversity in the deep seas beyond national jurisdiction.
After a couple of professional experiences with the French Maritime Affairs and the French Navy coast guard services, where she worked on abandoned ships, dangerous wrecks, and safety at sea, she joined eCOAST in June 2013, which is an environmental services company based in Ostend, Belgium. Before collaborating with Ghent university for her present PhD research project, she gave legal advice on various projects relating to: marine protected areas; marine spatial planning; access and benefit-sharing of marine genetic resources (a topic in which she is still active).
In partnership with both Ghent University and eCOAST, Laura is now investigating the environmental aspects of the regime set by Part XI of the Law of the Sea Convention, which regulates deep seabed mining in international areas. The purpose of her research is to analyze the adequacy and efficiency of the legal framework to enable the conservation of marine biodiversity and the sustainable use of the common heritage of mankind.