Kristin Bartenstein is a professor of international law specializing in international environmental law and law of the sea. She studied German, French and international law at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), before obtaining her LL.D. from Université Laval (Quebec, Canada), where she completed a dissertation on unilateral environmental measures under the law of the WTO. After she was appointed as a professor at Université Laval in 2007, the focus of her research shifted to the question of environmental interstate equity in multilateral environmental agreements, in particular with respect to climate change. Over the years she has also developed an interest in the intersection between the law of the sea and international environmental law. In this capacity, she is involved in an international project to prepare an article-by-article commentary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In recent years, she has done extensive research on the environmental protection of the Arctic Ocean. At the Rachel Carson Center, she will be exploring new interpretations of the existing legal framework and new avenues for the development of existing institutions with a view to furthering the cooperative protection of the Arctic.