Ms. Juliette Voinov Kohler is policy and legal advisor in the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm Conventions (United Nations Environmental Programme). She joined the Secretariat in December 2008 and is currently the head of the Secretariat’s legal and compliance team. Her overall responsibilities include the provision of legal support and policy advice to the institutions of the Conventions, Parties, the Secretariat and other stakeholders.
Her main duties and responsibilities include legal advice pertaining to the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties, compliance/non compliance mechanisms, enforcement and illegal trade/traffic (including international cooperation with enforcement organizations and networks), review of the synergies arrangements, environmental governance, liability and compensation, and specific legal issues in the context of the Country Led Initiative and of the Secretariat’s cooperation with the International Maritime Organization.
Ms Voinov Kohler also teaches international environmental law at the Law Faculty of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Prior to joining the Secretariat, Ms. Voinov Kohler accumulated experience in international environmental law, international criminal law, humanitarian issues as well as Swiss law in Switzerland (Law firm, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Global Humanitarian Forum), New York (consultant) and Chicago (Responsibility to Protect Coalition).
Ms. Voinov Kohler holds a PhD in international environmental law (summa cum laude, Geneva), an LLM in international law (with Merit, London School of Economics) and a law degree (Geneva). She was admitted to the bar in Geneva.
Preventing and combating illegal traffic in hazardous wastes will benefit from the partnership and multidisciplinary approach the CWIT project provides
The overarching objective of the Basel Convention is to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes. Its scope of application covers a wide range of wastes defined as “hazardous wastes” based on their origin and/or composition and their characteristics, as well as two types of wastes defined as “other wastes” – household waste and incinerator ash. For more information on the Basel Convention please visit our FAQ page.