Dr. Agustín Blanco-Bazán graduated at the University of Buenos Aires and studied Philosophy, International Law and Political Sciences at the University of Vienna, Austria. In 1984 he joined the IMO (International Maritime Organization as Interregional Adviser in Maritime Legislation. He was promoted to Senior Legal Officer in 1987 and Head of the Legal Office in 1999. Until his retirement from IMO in 2010 he was the Organization´s Focal point for Maritime Law and Law of the Sea, including regular consultations with the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS).
He was also actively involved in the organization of the travaux preparatoires of many diplomatic conferences, as well as in the drafting of multilateral instruments in the field of liability and compensation for environmental damage and other maritime claims. In the field of crimes at sea he participated in the drafting of the 2005 Convention on suppression of unlawful acts against safety of navigation (SUA), as well as the Djibouti Code of Conduct for the suppression of piracy. He has organized national and regional seminars and workshops to promote the implementation of these and other IMO treaties. He has extensively lectured on these issues at several academic venues and is the author of articles and essays on maritime law and the law of the sea published in specialized media.
At present, Dr. Blanco-Bazan works as international lawyer and consultant and lecturer specializing in maritime law and law of the sea; crimes at sea (piracy and maritime terrorism), maritime environmental law (prevention of pollution from vessels); and liability and compensation in the field of maritime law. As a consultant he has worked for IMO, UNODC, drafted maritime legislation for developing countries, and advised non-governmental institutions and private companies on issues such as environmental maritime law, and piracy. He is also a visiting professor at the School of Higher Studies of the Argentine Coastguard and legal advisor to the Argentine Government at IMO meetings. Also lectures at several academic venues such the ITLOS Nippon Programme, Université Louvain La Neuve, Belgium, Queen Mary College London, Institute Oceanographique France, University of Buenos Aires Argentina, University of Porto Portugal, Yeosu Law of the Sea Academy, Republic of Korea, etc. Resides in London.