Manuel Ruiz Muller

Director and Principal Researcher
International Affairs and Biodiversity Program
Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA)

Manuel Ruiz Muller is a Lawyer with a Masters in Intellectual Property and Competition Law from the Catholic University of Peru. He has been working on environmental law and policy since 1990. His activities have included legal research and technical assistance in natural protected areas conservation, environmental policy orientation to public and private entities as well as training in environmental law. Mr. Ruiz is Director and Principal Researcher in the International Affairs and Biodiversity Program of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA).

He has become actively involved in the process to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the national, regional and international levels. His current position includes providing legal analysis on issues such as access to genetic resources, intellectual property rights, biosafety, indigenous peoples traditional knowledge and rights, biotechnology and general environmental law, among others.

He has also participated as a speaker in events regarding these issues in numerous countries. He has also been a consultant to FIELD, UNCTAD, UNDP, FFLA, IDB, ICTSD, IUCN, South Center, Andean Community, UNDP, FAO, UK Food Group, IPGRI, World Resources Institute, Bioversity International, WIPO, among others.