Experts' profiles - Barbara Ruis
Barbara Ruis
Barbara Ruis is an international lawyer, specialized in treaty law, law of international organizations, international environmental law and sustainable development law. She joined UNEP in 1993, and left a couple of years later to be the lawyer of the Secretariat of the Commission for Sustainable Development in New York, after which she became a researcher and lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

She rejoined UNEP in 2002, working with the Biodiversity and Land Law and Governance Unit within the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions till November 2008. She was then transferred to become the legal advisor to UNEP's Regional Office for Europe in Geneva. Her current activities focus on environmental liability, governance, the Ramsar convention and national capacity building activities in the region.

Barbara has been working on the topic of Human Rights and Environment for the past 5 years. She has been representing UNEP in the Human Rights Council. She works closely with the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and suitable environment, appointed by the Human Rights Council, as well as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and NGOs.

She holds a Masters Degree in International Law and a post doctorate certificate in environmental impact assessment.

Barbara loves music; she is a big fan of minimal music, but has been offered a financial incentive to stop singing in a karaoke bar.
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