Dr. Felicity Attard obtained her bachelor and doctor of laws degrees at the University of Malta. Her doctorate thesis dealt with the contribution of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to the international law regulating maritime security. She then specialised in international maritime law at IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), where she obtained an LL.M with distinction. Her thesis examined maritime security under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. She continued her studies at Queen Mary University of London, where she was awarded a first class masters degree for her research on the smuggling of persons under the high seas regime. In 2017, she received a M.Jur. in International Maritime Law from IMLI for her research on the duty to render assistance at sea under international law. She completed her PhD studies at the same Institute in 2019.
Dr. Attard is an academic in the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta, where she lectures in international law and the law of the sea. She has been a teaching assistant at Queen Mary, University of London and has lectured on maritime law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London and the International Ocean Institute. She has been invited by international media including the BBC, Agence France-Press and the National, to speak on various issues such as migration by sea and maritime territory disputes.
Dr. Attard has presented papers at a number of international conferences (United Kingdom, Malta, Italy, Cyprus, and Georgia) and has published articles in learned journals including Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin and the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce. She is the author of the monograph ‘The Duty of the Shipmaster to Render Assistance at Sea under International Law’ published by Brill in its Queen Mary Studies in International Law series.
ATTARD, G.,FELICITY and KILPATRICK JR., R.L., 2020. Reflections on the Maersk Etienne Standoff and its Ramifications for the Duty to Render Assistance at Sea.
ATTARD, F.G., 2020. The Duty of the Shipmaster to Render Assistance at Sea under International Law. Brill Nijhoff.
VELLA DE FREMEAUX (MALLIA) PATRICIA, ATTARD FELICITY, 2019. Dehumanising the Human Element of Maritime Migrant Smuggling: A Discussion on the Application of Human Rights in the Maritime Sphere. Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, 17(1),.
ATTARD, F., 2016. Is the Smuggling Protocol a Viable Solution to the Contemporary Problem of Human Smuggling on the High Seas. Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, 47(2), pp. 219-248.
MALLIA, P. and ATTARD, F., 2016. Migrant and refugee law as relates to the maritime regime. Med Agenda - Special Issue [Perspectives in a Changing Mediterranean]: MEDAC Publications in Mediterranean IR and Diplomacy, , pp. 110-131, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/46544.
ROMEDAHL, I., ATTARD, F. and KNITTWEIS, L., 2016. Governing bottom trawling in the Mediterranean Sea-a Maltese case study. Rapp.Rapport Commission International Mer Mediterranee, 41, pp. 529-https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/25100.
VELLA DE FREMEAUX (MALLIA) PATRICIA, ATTARD FELICITY, ed, 2016. Migrant and Refugee Law as Relates to the Maritime Regime, in Stephen Calleya (ed), Perspectives in a Changing Mediterranean – Essays in Honour of Dr. Joe Borg. Malta: MEDAC Publications in Mediterranean IR and Diplomacy.
ATTARD, F., 2014. Maritime Security under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, 12(4),.
ATTARD, F., 2014. IMO's contribution to international law regulating maritime security. Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, 45(4), pp. 479-565.