Prof. Marta Chantal Ribeiro has been with the Faculty of Law of University of Porto (FDUP) since 1999 and currently is responsible for the courses of International Law and European Union Law. Since 2002, she also cooperates with East-Timor as teacher (namely, protection of environment in the context of exploitation of marine natural resources) and as Member of the Scientific Committee for the creation and development of the Faculty of Law of National University of Timor Lorosa’e. In 2004 she became member of the Centre for Legal and Economic Research (FDUP), doing research on Law of the Sea and protection of the marine environment. Since February 2012, she holds a position as researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research(University of Porto), being designated Coordinator of the Marine Environmental Law Research Group. In 2011, she completed her PhD on ‘Marine Protected Areas: national, European and international legal regimes. Controversies and solutions’. Within this context she actively participated in several domestic and international conferences, giving talks on conservation of marine biodiversity, regulation of human activities within MPAs (namely in the outer continental shelf), fisheries and sustainability, as well as on prospects of evolution of the Law of the Sea. Since 2006 she is member of the consultants’ group of the Task Group for the Extension of the Portuguese Continental Shelf. In 2011 she was awarded with the 2010 Gerard J. Mangone Prize (IJMCL, vol. 26, issue 4, 2011, p. 493) due to her article “The ‘Rainbow’: The First National Marine Protected Area Proposed Under the High Seas” (IJMCL, vol. 25, issue 2, pp. 183-207).