Maria Augusta Paim is a Brazilian qualified lawyer and a researcher in international law of the sea. She has written many articles concerning maritime law and international law of the sea issues, and she is the author of "O petróleo no mar: o regime internacional das plataformas marítimas" (Oil in the Sea: the international regime of oil rigs) (2011), a reference book in Brazil. After her law degree, she was granted the British Council Scholarship Chevening Award to pursue an LL.M. in maritime Law at the University of Southampton. Back to Brazil, she received her Ph.D., with distinction, from the University of São Paulo. During her Ph.D. she was an intern at the United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg.
Besides her academic experience, she has worked for more than a decade as a practitioner (litigation and arbitration) in a renowned law firm in São Paulo. She is also a member of the Brazilian Association of Maritime Law and she sits on the technical board of the Brazilian Maritime Review. A native Portuguese speaker, she is fluent in English and French. Her research topic is international law of the sea and marine spatial planning, as a joint research fellow of the Department of Land Economy in the University of Cambridge and of the Faculty of Law of the Queen Mary, University of London.