Julian Aguon, Principal

Julian Aguon is the founder and visionary behind Blue Ocean Law, a progressive law firm that operates at the forefront of contemporary international law while remaining rooted in respect for the myriad peoples of the Pacific region. Devoted to breaking new ground in the areas of international human rights and environmental law, Julian, a native son of Guam, is a United Nations-recognized expert on the international law of self-determination. Licensed to practice law in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and Guam, Julian currently serves as Legal Counsel to the Guam Legislature. He has served as attorney of record, legal advisor, and/or consultant to the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures, the Pacific Island Health Officers Association, the Local Atoll Governments of Rongelap and Utrik, the NMD Corporation of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Federated States of Micronesia-based Micronesian Shipping Commission, the Fiji-based Pacific Network on Globalisation, and other civil society organizations in Oceania and Europe.

A Lecturer of Pacific Islands Legal Systems and International Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law (University of Hawai`i) and the University of Guam, Julian has published numerous books and law articles reframing the self-determination struggles of indigenous and non-self-governing peoples as international human rights issues whose remedies lie beyond the borders of enclosing and administering states. He has lectured extensively at academic and civic institutions around the world, and, in 2011, was named a “human rights hero” by the Petra Foundation for his work toward advancing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Pacific region.

Julian clerked for the Supreme Court of Guam from 2009-2010. He holds a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law (University of Hawai`i) and a B.A. from Gonzaga University.

Julie Hunter, Attorney

Julie Hunter is an international human rights lawyer whose expertise includes international criminal law, environmental law, indigenous law, and corporate accountability. She has previously worked at the European Court of Human Rights, the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and the Center for International Development at Harvard University – and is currently a supervising attorney and fellow at the Allard Law International Justice & Human Rights Clinic at the University of British Columbia.

Julie has authored numerous human rights reports, including a report published by the American Civil Liberties Union on the trafficking and forced labor of third country nationals on U.S. military bases which led to President Barack Obama’s Executive Order strengthening protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracts. Her work has been cited in international bodies, including the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and the United Nations Human Rights Committee. She has advised the Navajo Nation, the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Palau and Papua New Guinea’s UN Missions on issues ranging from tribal law and cultural genocide to state responsibility for climate change.

From 2013-2014, Julie clerked for Judge András Sajó at the European Court of Human Rights. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Clement Yow Mulalap, Attorney

Clement Yow Mulalap is an attorney specializing in international environmental law (with an emphasis on the law of the sea and climate change law) and international organizations.

Originally from the island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Clement served as Legal Adviser for the Permanent Mission of the FSM to the United Nations from 2010 to 2016. In that position, he represented the FSM in UN meetings and processes, negotiating various treaties, resolutions, and other international agreements, including the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. He also played a key advisory role in the efforts of the FSM and other Pacific Small Island Developing States to push for the development of a new international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea regulating the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction; drafted and submitted national Comments to the International Law Commission on the protection of the atmosphere, the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts, and the provisional application of treaties; engaged with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on continental shelf entitlements; drafted and delivered statements to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a fisheries case; and reviewed and revised major reports from the FSM in compliance with its human rights treaty obligations.

Clement has authored various publications on the intersection of climate change and human rights law, and on State practice in the FSM and Palau on the law of the sea. In 2008, he clerked for Chief Justice Cyprian Manmaw of the Yap State Court. He holds a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law (University of Hawai`i) and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law.