Galo Carrera

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His Excellency
Galo Carrera Hurtado
Born (1953-08-19) August 19, 1953 (age 64)
Residence Canada
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater University of New Brunswick
Occupation United Nations official
Ministerial Advisor
Technical Advisor
Special Advisor
University professor
Academic researcher
Years active 1987–present
Employer Dalhousie University
World Maritime University
Organization United Nations
Known for International tribunals expert
UN demarcation expert
Home town Halifax
Title Honorary Consul of Mexico
Term 1995–present
Board member of UN ABLOS
Oceans Institute of Canada
Spouse(s) Martha Carrera

Galo Carrera Hurtado (born 19 August 1953 in Mexico) is serving as an Honorary Consul of Mexico to Canada.[1] He is a research associate for marine affairs at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada,[2] a visiting professor at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, and a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy.[3] He has authored and coauthored nearly 200 scientific articles and technical reports, and has presented papers and made scholarly addresses at international conferences, seminars and courses on five continents.[4]

He is a veteran[5][6] UN maritime demarcation expert in the Law of the Sea,[4] and was in 2010 appointed the chairman of the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.[7][8] He served as the secretary of the UN committee for Geodetic Aspects of the Law of the Sea (GALOS), as well as a member of the UN Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea (ABLOS).[9]

He has been consulted by governments on matters concerning maritime delineation, so he acted as ministerial advisor to: Commonwealth Secretariat of United Kingdom, Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines, National Boundary Commission of Nigeria, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman, Executive Branch (COALEP) of Uruguay, Ministry of Lands and Resettlement of Namibia, Department of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, Ministry of Justice of Republic of Angola, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Department of Foreign Relations (SRE) of Mexico, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica, Ministry of Land Use and Habitat of the Seychelles, South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency of Solomon Islands, Foreign Ministry of Kingdom of Tonga, Maritime Agency of Sierra Leone, and Petroleum Directorate of the Province of Nova Scotia in Canada.[4]

Besides his involvement in international maritime affairs, he has also acted as the special advisor in the 2002 inter-Canadian delineation case concerning right-of-access to marine oil reserves, between Newfoundland and Labrador on one side, and Nova Scotia on the other.[10]

As a UN official, he has been involved in resolving maritime disputes such as the 2012 dispute between Taiwan, China and Japan.[11][12]

In a 2013 Wikileaks release of secret documents regarding possible oil access dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, the foreign minister of Guayana Carolyn Rodrigues wrote on her country's 2011 submission to the UN for extension of Guayana's continental shelf: "Dr. Carrera has worked hard and methodically to ensure that Guyana has the best submission possible and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs I wish to recognize his commitment and diligent work."[13]


  1. ^ Honorary Consuls to Canada. Government of Nova Scotia Protocol Office.
  2. ^ Galo Carrera, "Our faculty and staff", Dalhousie University.
  3. ^ Professor Galo Carrera, people at the World Maritime University, Sweden.
  4. ^ a b c Galo Carrera Curriculum Vitae, United Nations experts on the Law of the Sea.
  5. ^ Members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (1997-2002), United Nations CLCS.
  6. ^ Edwin Egede (2012) Africa and the Extended Continental Shelf Under the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC) 1982. The Journal Jurisprudence Vol. 14, p.173-200.
  7. ^ The Mexican Government's Claim Regarding the Continental Shelf of the Eastern Polygon in the Gulf of Mexico Continues, a press release by Foreign Office, Government of Mexico, 2010.
  8. ^ United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea at thirty: reflections, United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. United Nations, New York (2013).
  9. ^ Geodetic Commentary to TALOS Manual, International Hydrographic Organization and International Association of Geodesy. Appendix to Special Publication No. 51, International Hydrographic Bureau, Monaco (2004).
  10. ^ Arbitration between Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia, concerning portions of the limits of their offshore areas as defined in the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act, and the Canada-Newfoundland Atlantic Accord Implementation Act. Award of the Tribunal in the Second Phase, Ottawa, March 26, 2002.
  11. ^ UN official advises government to solve territorial disputes via talks, The China Post, 4 September 2012.
  12. ^ UN official suggests bilateral talks for East China Sea, Taipei Times, 4 September 2012.
  13. ^ Developments in Guyana and French Guianna, Wikileaks release of 2013-02-13 00:00 GMT.

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