In addition to the staff and consultants, Natural Justice has a team of highly skilled associates, each of whom specializes in a certain area of law, policy, science, or development.

Elan Abrell, esq, is a lawyer specializing in human rights and a Doctoral Candidate at the City University of New York. He has previously worked closely with Natural Justice on the TK Commons.

Alice Bisiaux is a qualified lawyer in New York, England, and Wales. She teaches at ESADE University in Barcelona, Spain, and works as a freelance consultant on environmental law and corporate social responsibility. She is the content editor of the Climate Change Policy & Practice project and the Water Policy & Practice project of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

Jessica Campese is an independent consultant and policy analyst focusing on governance and rights-based approaches to conservation, including in the context of REDD+ and community-based natural resource management. She works with several NGOs in Tanzania, where she was based for the last several years, and several international NGOs.

Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka is a food security and land policy advisor experienced in cooperation with the United Nations Organizations, EU institutions, civil society, and media. In 2010, she founded and has since been an independent consultant at Food and Climate, whose clients included European Commission, United Kingdom’s Department of International Development, International Land Coalition, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to Food and Agriculture Organization under Polish Presidency of the European Council, and various international NGOs.  Her recent work in Brussels focused on the EU bioenergy and development policies, large-scale land acquisitions and global land policies such as the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests.  She is committed to promotion of environmentally sustainable, culturally diverse and nutritious food systems.

Kirsten Martin uses her background in coastal biodiversity research and resource management to integrate local resource needs, values, and knowledge in the development of collaborative management schemes with communities, NGOs, government departments, and/or private businesses. She also works as an independent environmental consultant with a base in Kenya.

Dr Marcelin Tonye Mahop is a Research Fellow at the Law and Governance Group of Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, and a consultant on intellectual property and development issues. He focuses on intellectual property laws and policies around  biodiversity, access to and utilisation of biological and genetic resources, and community rights. He provides support to the Africa Group through the ABS Capacity Development Initiative.

Jen Newenham is an ecologist with extensive experience of the UNESCO biosphere framework through her work establishing the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region. Jen is also the founder of Biovista, an environmental consultancy.

Dr. Daniel Robinson has worked for several years on environmental, social, and legal issues relating to biodiversity, traditional knowledge, and life science innovation, particularly in Thailand and other parts of Asia. He is currently a Senior Lecturer on environment and development at the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales.

Olivier Rukundo provides support to regional capacity building and the international ABS negotiations and most recently, was a Legal Research Fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. Currently, he is a Programme Officer with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Marie Wilke is an international economic lawyer specialized in natural resources law. She supports developing countries to proactively engage in international trade and investment negotiations and disputes and advises governments and particular interest groups on national trade policies. In her work with Natural Justice, Marie is particularly interested in exploring how community protocols can be best used in these type of negotiations to structure community-investor engagements.

Dr. Peter Wood is working to improve the rights of forest-dependent communities within the context of REDD. Peter is also a forest policy advisor to Global Witness and an Associate of the International Institute of Sustainable Development.

Sabine Zajderman has a strong background in fair trade development in South Africa and sustainable tourism development with a special focus on fragile environments and indigenous and local communities of the South Pacific region.

  • Climate Justice Campaign Planning Workshop
    Cath Traynor from Natural Justice participated in a Campaign Planning Workshop hosted by Oxfam on 16th -20th March 2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Workshop participants included global, regional …

  • Call for Applications: Africa Community Rights Fellowship, Kenya Office
    Natural Justice: lawyers for communities and the environment; Kenya office are inviting applications for The Africa Community Rights Fellowship. The fellowship offers young lawyers and other engaged p …

  • Kenya: Mining Bill Submissions to Senate
    A rig belonging to Tullow Oil and Africa Oil who recently commenced with exploring oil in Northern Turkana at Lowarengak, while the Mining Bill explicitly excludes application to fossil fuels such as …

  • Kukula Traditional Healers BCP Revision workshop
    Natural Justice together with partners K2C and Wits Rural Facility (WRF), facilitated a BCP revision workshop for the Kukula Traditional Healers (KTH) of Bushbuckridge, South Africa, on 16 – 18th Febr …

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