A lawyer specialised in marine and coastal issues, Julien Rochette is the coordinator of the Oceans and Coastal Zones Programme at IDDRI, which he joined in 2007. He provides legal and technical assistance to international, regional and national organisations, particularly in the fields of law of the sea, coastal law, integrated coastal zones management and adaptation to climate change in coastal zones. His most recent fields of activities deal with the regulation of offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation, the governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdictions and coastal zones management. Julien has been working both at the global and regional level, specifically in the Mediterranean, Western Indian Ocean and Western, Central and Southern Africa, where he is currently providing support to the Abidjan Convention Contracting Parties for the elaboration of regional environmental standards for offshore drilling activities. Julien Rochette is a member of several specialists groups (scientific committee of the French coastal management research programme – LITEAU; French committee for the marine research – COMER; United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) – Thematic Group on Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, etc.) and a regular lecturer in various French universities (Sciences Po, Paris 5, La Rochelle).