Since my early years of study at the Faculty of Law at the University of Turin, in Italy, my interest in issues related to environmental protection and sustainable development has constantly grown and continues to do so. The decision to investigate a topic of International Environmental Law in my dissertation and later to work for international NGOs engaged in addressing environmental needs, came as a consequence of such interest.
During my university studies and thereafter, I acquired experience in legal research in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and English languages, broadening my legal analysis and communication ability through the drafting of press releases, juridical documents, studies and reports. For my dissertation, written in Italian and entitled "Exploitation of natural resources and armed conflicts under International Law", I examined, from an international legal perspective, the link between natural resources and armed conflicts.
Through the internship at Greenpeace Spain and the work experience in Mozambique with the Italian NGO LVIA, I started building my technical profile in the framework of environmental projects. In Spain I assisted Greenpeace’s anti-nuclear Campaigner, a position that made me realise that an environmentally related role provides me with the stimuli I need from a job to feel engaged and motivated.
In Maputo, I had the opportunity to improve my research skills through a detailed comparative study, conducted entirely in Portuguese, deepening my knowledge of waste recycling legislation and policies currently active in Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil and Portugal, as well as facing the demanding challenge of designing a possible financial incentive scheme to encourage recycling good practices and programmes within the private sector. My commitment also focused on ensuring managerial and technical support to ComSol, a women-led cooperative operating through the purchase and selling of recyclable waste in Maputo’s waste recycling sector, created in 2012 by the LVIA and composed of seven ex collectors of recyclable material in the Maputo’s waste dump. This represented a valuable opportunity to work towards the empowerment of a neglected and vulnerable sector of society, a position that developed my computing, managerial and organisational skills in the process, performing various functions simultaneously and often under tight deadlines.
In Maputo and in Madrid, I had the chance to work constantly with multicultural teams and I gained a large personal and professional enrichment, which convinced me to attribute considerable importance to the knowledge of foreign languages. In this sense, over the past few years I attended an ILEC exam preparation course, a French language course and I attained the C1 level of the DELE Spanish language exam. Currently, I am attending a GIS (Geographic Information System) course.
I believe that my legal education, methodological skills and practical experience in environmental projects, together with a serious and determined attitude to work, appropriately qualify me as a suitable person for a challenging internship which could help me to build a professional profile suitable for pursuing a career in the environmental sector.
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