Ernesto Fernández Monge works on Pew’s reducing harmful fisheries subsidies project, an initiative focused on securing a World Trade Organization agreement by the end of 2019 to substantially curtail subsidies that promote unsustainable levels of fishing. The project brings together WTO members, scientists, and other stakeholders in a global effort to protect fish stocks, especially in areas where the catch would be unprofitable without subsidies.
Before joining Pew, Fernández did consulting work for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Organization of American States. He began his career as a commercial lawyer in Costa Rica before joining the nation’s ministry of foreign trade as a legal adviser and negotiator. He later worked in Costa Rica’s WTO mission in Geneva, where he handled negotiations and disputes on market access, trade facilitation, fisheries subsidies, and other trade issues. Fernández also served as chairman of the WTO’s Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Fernández has a master’s degree in international trade law and European Union law from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and a law degree from the University Escuela Libre de Derecho in San José, Costa Rica.