Javier Garat was born in Spain 47 years ago. He got a degree in Law and Graduate in European Law by the Complutense University of Madrid (CEU San Pablo) and Master’s Degree in International and European Law by the Catholic University of Leuven (U.C.L. Belgium).
After working in Brussels for two years (1996 and 1997) as a trainee in the Fisheries Team of the Legal Service of the European Commission and as assistant of the Fisheries Counselor of the Spanish Permanent Representation to the European Union, he was practicing lawyer during four years in the Dutch International Law Firm Nauta Dutilh.
In April 2001, he joined the Spanish Federation of Fisheries Organizations, FEOPE, as Secretary General. Since then, he has focused his work in the defense of the Spanish fisheries interests around the world. Since July 2007, he is the Secretary General of the Spanish Fishing Confederation, Cepesca. Currently he is also President of the Association of National Organizations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche), President of the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA), Fishery Advisor of the International Sustainability Unit´s Marine Programme of HRH The Prince of Wales, member of the board of directors of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and member of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel.
Furthermore, he is Expert and Alternate of the Spanish Fisheries Counselor of the European Economic and Social Committee, member of several Advisory Councils (ACs), member of the Management Board of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, member of the Advisory Committee for the Spanish Fisheries Sector, Counselor of the General Council of the Marine Social Institute and member of the Spanish Maritime Cluster.
He is lecturer of the “Master in Environmental Management” of the Instituto de Empresa, lecturer of the “Master’s Degree in Maritime Law and Business” of the Spanish Maritime Institute, lecturer of the International Master in Sustainable Fisheries Management, University of Alicante, lecturer of the “Master’s Degree on Economy and Management of Fisheries and Aquiculture” University of Vigo, lecturer in the “Post.- graduated Course of Specialization in Fisheries Economy” from The University of Santiago de Compostela, lecturer in the “Master’s Degree on the Economy and Management of Fishing Activity” from Barcelona University and lecturer of various fisheries courses of the International Labour Organization (ILO). He has also participated as a lecturer in several Public Hearings of the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament, in Conferences organized by the European Commission, by the Nordic Council of Ministers and in numerous international and national fisheries forums, including UN, FAO Fisheries Committee, the OCDE, ILO, IUCN, EFARO, etc.
In 1996, he received The Cross of Naval Mention with White Emblem. In September 2010 was appointed Knight of the Brotherhood the Golden Fleece (Toison D’Or). He is shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Albacora Group and member of the board of advisers of Satlink. He speaks Spanish, English and French.