Fellows are highly committed individuals who volunteer with Natural Justice for more than six months and work closely with one or more staff members on focused activities.
Vaneesha Jain obtained her BA/LLB (Hons) degree from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2011. Thereafter she worked in the field of intellectual property laws for one year. Her interest in human rights led her to also complete a consultancy at the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on a project to set up a dedicated division for monitoring the implementation of a newly enacted law for protection of children against sexual abuse in India. At Natural Justice, she hopes to expand her interest in understanding issues relating to the value and preservation of traditional knowledge including the threat of bio-piracy, and to contribute towards the development of legal strategies to enable the right to self determination of indigenous communities.
Revati Pandya graduated from the University for Peace, Costa Rica, with a Master’s degree in Sustainable Natural Resource Management in 2011. She has since been involved in projects related to natural resource management and associated laws in India. This work was related to dimensions of protected area management and associated stakeholder interests, sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism. She is interested in issues related to communities and natural resource conflict and management, especially with respect to forests and protected areas.
Kishore Kumar Patnai is a practicing advocate at Koraput covering the entire undivided Koraput district of Odisha. He has taken care of High Court cases and was earlier practicing in the Honorable High Court of Odisha, Cuttack for a period of 10 years. He served in an advocacy desk with the Orissa Development Action Forum for 5 years. He recieved his Advocate License from the Bar Council of Odisha, Cuttack in 2002. Thereafter he has managed all types of civil, criminal and public oriented cases. In his own words, “My passion is law!”
Stella James graduated with a B.A.LLB (Hons) from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2013, with a passion for issues of land rights and labour laws. In college, she was interested in inter-disciplinary research and has served as the Editor of the Journal of Indian Law and Society and Member of the student-run Nature Committee. When she is not reading a book, which is very rare, she spends her time birding or drawing dragons.
Frances Kelsey has a B.Sc. in Geography and Geology from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), and has recently completed an LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), which included a thesis on the legal significance of community protocols. Frances is currently working in Natural Justice’s Cape Town office and assisting with a number of projects, including the development of a publication on international redress mechanisms relevant to indigenous peoples and local communities.
Misha Plagis (Maastricht University, The Netherlands) recently completed her LL.M. in ‘Globalisation and Law’, focusing on international human rights law. Her thesis topic was “’Truth Alone Triumphs’ – are India’s vulnerable heard? Access to Justice, the ICCPR and the Indian Mobile Courts Act”, inspired by a previous internship with Sahyog Trust in Pune, India. While volunteering with Natural Justice in Cape Town, she worked on the second edition of the Living Convention and now from Europe, she is working on a companion volume on international redress mechanisms.