Catherine Monagle (BSc/LLB(Hons)/LLM) is an international environmental lawyer with several years experience working within the United Nations system, including for the United Nations University and the United Nations Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific. At the national level, Catherine has experience in undertaking complex legislative reform processes from within government.
Catherine has particular expertise at the intersection of international law, natural resource management, biodiversity, genetic resources, climate change, traditional knowledge and intellectual property rights, and has an interest in science in environmental regulation. In these areas she has advised governments, international organizations and NGOs. Catherine acted as Secretary of the Expert Taskforce on Global Knowledge Governance undertaken by the Global Economic Governance Programme of Oxford University. Among other activities she has also reviewed legislative frameworks for the protection of the marine environment, and worked with traditional owners in managing intellectual property rights and interests in the context of biodiversity and natural resource management in the North of Australia.
An Australian national, Catherine graduated with degrees in science (ecology and evolutionary biology) and law from Monash University, and undertook studies in international law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Catherine holds a Master of Laws from the Australian National University and is admitted to legal practice in Australia.