Iwona Rummel-Bulska has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of law and international relations including: international and environmental law, law of international organizations, contract law; negotiations, international relations and international environmental policy. She joined UNEP in 1982.
Her professional carrier included the following positions and functions:
- Researcher and Associate Professor in the Department of International Law and International Organizations of the Polish Institute of International Affairs/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw, Poland (1970-1982);
-United Nations Environment Program (UNEP, 1982-2000) first as Program Legal Officer (1982-1986) and from 1986 till 1991 the Chief of Environmental Law and Institutions Unit responsible for development, negotiations and implementation of international legal conventions, agreements and other international and national regulations and instruments in the field of environment; serving as the Executive Secretary of several international negotiating bodies established to develop environmental treaties which included the Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer (1982-1985), its Montreal Protocol (1985-1987), and its London and Copenhagen Amendments (1988-1992), the Climate Convention (1988-1990), the Biodiversity Convention (1997 1992), the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes and its Amendment (1985-1999); As the Head of Environmental Law and Institutions program in UNEP responsible, among others, for the development of the Guidelines on Trade in Chemicals, on Environmental Impact Assessment, on Prevention of Pollution from Land Based Sources, on Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous Wastes. She was also responsible for development of legal and institutional aspects of national environmental policy; enforcement of environmental law, inter-agencies relations, capacity building, development of country files and programmes in the field of environmental law and institutional structure; Rummel-Bulska was responsible for implementation of the Ozone Convention and its Montreal Protocol (1985-1991);
-From 1991 to 1999 she was the Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes what included responsibility for preparation of several collaborative environmental policy programs with various institutions, including industry and private sector in many countries as well as international organizations.
-From 1999 to 2001, in her capacity as Chief of UNEP Unit on Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Law, was responsible for heading negotiations and meetings leading to adoption of Guidelines on Compliance with and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements. She also prepared programs and studies on compliance with environmental law and policy and on settlement of environmental disputes in particular in relation to the system of enforcement of the World Trade Organization, as well as on the issue of liability and compensation for environmental damages.
-She organized and taught at special training courses organized for lawyers and managers dealing with the issues of environmental law and capacity building as well as giving courses in the field of environmental law at various Universities, in particular yearly courses for American University, Geneva University, Polytechnic of Lausanne, Warsaw University , Huang University and others. From 2001 till to 2006 she was seconded to WMO as Senior Legal Adviser. Since January 2006 to date, Rummel-Bulska is the Principal Legal Officer and Chief of the Environmental Law Branch, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions of UNEP.
Rummel-Bulska is the author and/or co-author of a large number of books, articles and papers on international matters in particular in the field of international negotiations, international and environmental law and institutions. She holds a Masters in Law and Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences and International Law.