Dr Nicola Notaro is a qualified Italian lawyer and holds an LL.M in European law (Bruges) and a PhD in environmental law (London).

Since 2015, he is Head of the Nature Protection Unit in DG Environment at the European Commission (EC). Before that, he has been Deputy Head of the Water Unit, Legal Adviser and then Team Leader for the international climate negotiations in DG Environment.

Before joining the EC, Dr Notaro worked as a university lecturer on European environmental law at the University of Groningen (NL).

During the last 10 years he has lectured and published extensively in the field of environmental law (Universities of Maastricht, London, College of Europe Bruges, Montreal, Aarhus, Lille, Milano, VUB Brussels, etc.)