Interns & Volunteers

Interns & Volunteers

Since January 2009, interns and volunteers have been involved in legal research, writing concept papers, and assisting with publications and communications. The program seeks to give work experience to students or recent graduates studying within the framework of environmental law or sustainable development, while at the same time benefiting from relationship-building with individuals, organizations, and academic institutions.

We seek committed individuals with experience and/or a keen interest in environmental law who intend to spend at least 3 months with us. Please note that we are unable to provide remuneration at this point. If you are interested in applying for an internship or to volunteer, visit our Get Involved page for more information.


Lachlan Campbell is completing a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. While interning in the Sabah office, Lachlan contributed to the development of a legal briefing on local land laws surveying state legislation, native customary rights and international case law.

Nishant Gokhale graduated from NUJS, Kolkata in 2011 and was heading the Legal Aid Society in 2010-2011. He was a judicial clerk to a judge of the Supreme Court of India for a year after which he worked for nearly three years in the field of litigation in various courts and tribunals in Delhi and Gurgaon. He has a keen interest in using law to achieve a more just society and in issues concerning relationships between humans and the environment. At Natural Justice he will be studying the effects of industrialisation on Maldharis in the Kutch region of Gujarat.


Sylva Ntumba Batshi (University of Western Cape, South Africa): Sylva has an LLM in International Environmental Law and Trade law. He has a keen interest in environmental law, particularly its impact on trade. He has focused his thesis on this topic, which is entitled, “An analysis of the legal and economic aspects of the link between trade and climate change”. Sylva also has work experience as an Electoral Official for the Electoral Independent Commission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Arpita Biswas was, at the time of her internship, in her fourth year at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Her interests include intellectual property law, human rights law and media law. She has previously worked on the rights against elder abuse and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition), Act, 1986. Her research interests at Natural Justice included preservation of traditional knowledge and bio-cultural community protocols. She was based at the Bangalore office.

Aino Cantell holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) and a master’s degree in public international law from the University of Paris II. At the time of her internship, Aino was finishing her master’s thesis to complete her LL.M in human rights law and intellectual property at Lund University in Sweden. Her research focuses on the protection of traditional knowledge in Latin America, and more specifically in Ecuador where she did field research in 2013 through the National Human Rights Institute. She was based at the Cape Town office.

Marisa Choy has a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and an MS in Management Science & Engineering (Energy & Environment track) from Stanford University. At the time of her internship, Marisa was studying for her JD at the Yale Law School. Marisa has conducted field research on coastal water quality in Southern California and the intersection of climate change and coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. She was based at the Cape Town office as a Ford Foundation Public Interest Fellow.

Edward Davenport (University of York (History), University of Law (Law), United Kingdom): Edward has a training contract with international law firm Allen and Overy. During his early 2013 internship with Natural Justice in Cape Town, he furthered his understanding of international law and its institutions within the context of environmental law through working on the second edition of the Living Convention. He also gained experience of the relationship between politics and the law when working with Indigenous communities in South Africa and the process of biocultural community protocols.

Krithika Dinesh Holds a BA (Honors) degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, and is currently studying for Bachelors in Law (LLB) from Faculty of Law, Delhi University. In the field of law, she is particularly interested in Environmental Law, Gender Rights and Intellectual Property Law. At Natural Justice, Krithika was involved in the legal mapping of the rights of communities and bio community protocols. She was based at the Bangalore office.

Kelsey Draper holds a BA (Hons) degree in Anthropology and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA) and an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town. At the time of her internship, Kelsey was finishing her PhD in Social Anthropology at UCT. Her MA and PhD research looks at the different sites of knowledge production in Namibia’s hake fishery. She has conducted 2 years of fieldwork in Walvis Bay working with fish harvesters, scientists, policy makers, and the community to better inform policies around sustainable fishing practices as well as explore social justice in the context of urban poverty and environmental uncertainties. She was based at the Cape Town office.

Elise Esquivel received a BA from St. John’s University (USA) in Speech Pathology minoring in Philosophy of Law. At the time of her internship, Elise was studying for her JD at Suffolk University Law School (USA) while pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at Sawyer Business School. Elise has a strong interest in human rights and a passion for public service. With a background in public policy, she is excited to learn about the developing laws for indigenous peoples and local communities. Elise worked in the Sabah  office as a Suffolk University International and Comparative Law and Legal Practice Fellow.

Kanadei Nsen Kah Geh (University of Pretoria, South Africa): Kanadei has a BA in Law and Political Science from the University of Dschang Cameroon. Kanadei has been a candidate attorney for 5 years and, at the time of her internship was pursuing an LLM in multidisciplinary human rights, with her main interest in human rights law and its implementation. She assisted with Natural Justice’s work in Francophone Africa as well as with local work in South Africa.

Zoe Gillingham has a strong background is in environmental consultancy with particular experience in Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Auditing & Site Assessment, and Site Investigation & Remediation. Zoe is motivated by a desire to facilitate equality and improve the world. She has a keen interest in gender equality, human rights and the environment and is particularly interested in the interaction of such in the international sphere and the interplay of various legal regimes. She has a BSc in Environmental Studies from the University of Manchester (UK) and an LLM in Environmental Law. At the time of her internship Zoe was studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law with BPP University, London (UK).

Frances Kelsey has a B.Sc. in Geography and Geology from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), and  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 worked 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.

Roshan Khan (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan): Roshan has completed a BA in Anthropology, Psychology, and Literature, and a law degree that involved topics such as globalization, ethics, and human rights, jurisprudence, and Muslim law. Her main areas of interest are public policy, international law, and environmental law. With Natural Justice, she assisted in researching and drafting a concept note around the notion of a Traditional Knowledge Commons.

Tarryn Lawrence (University of Cape Town, South Africa): Tarryn attended the Hoodia Stakeholder Meeting convened by Natural Justice in January 2009. Following this experience, she conducted research and contributed to the Natural Justice website.

Isabelle de Louvrier (Georgetown University, USA): Isabelle’s interest and studies in Justice and Peace and African Studies led to her to intern with Natural Justice while studying at the University of Cape Town from August to October 2009. During her internship, she assisted with researching and writing a paper on Marine Coastal Genetic Resources.

Phathutshedzo Osborne Magada holds a Bachelor of Earth Sciences in Mining and Environmental Geology from University of Venda, South Africa. He has been involved in various community projects as a part-time Environmental Education Volunteer at the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism in Vhembe District. He also founded and headed a students’ organization called the Forum for Environmental, Biological and Earth Scientists (FEBES),through which he successfully participated in various community projects and research initiatives. Notably, he was part of a team that conducted an Assessment of the State of Environment and Socio-Economic Benefits of the Matangari Wetlands, Limpopo Province. Osborne was attached to the Cape Town office.

João Paulo Miranda received his BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia and recently finished his LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in international law, environmental law and, particularly, the law of the sea. With Natural Justice’s team in the Americas, he contributed to the work in Latin America and also focused on generating a better understanding on the nature of laws and tools concerning coastal communities’ rights.

Suzanne Parrish (Fordham University School of Law, United States): Suzanne has a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After completing her undergraduate degree, Suzanne worked in her native San Francisco Bay Area as a paralegal and later on a Congressional campaign in California’s District 2. In fall 2013, Suzanne entered into her 2L year at Fordham Law in New York and is hoping to specialize in human and civil rights, with an emphasis in public health. She assisted with legal research on Natural Justice’s work on the Living Convention from the UNDP headquarters in New York City.

Misha Rehman (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan): Misha is passionate about Public International Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights, and Public Interest Litigation. Her interest in these fields has been largely due to her perception of the needs, rights, and privileges of the people of a Southern country like Pakistan. Misha is inclined towards working for the community in a manner that brings progress and well-being for a society that has long been suffering from multi-faceted impediments. With this in mind, she investigated the possibility of applying biocultural community protocols within her own local context, drafting a paper on the subject and providing legal advice to a local NGO in Pakistan.

Mikey Salter (University of Georgia School of Law, USA): Mikey received his BA in Latin, Philosophy, and Classical Culture from the University of Georgia and is beginning his second year at the University of Georgia School of Law. At the time of his internship, he was studying environmental and international law and is the vice president of the Environmental Law Association and 2012 Red Clay Conference Co-Chair.

Sachin Satharajan (National University for Advanced Legal Studies, Cochin, India): At the time of his internship, Sachin was pursuing his final year at the National University for Advanced Legal Studies. He harbours a keen interest in the area of intellectual property law, environmental law and constitutional law with a focus on the rights of Indigenous peoples and traditional healers. During the course of his internship with Natural Justice’s team in India, he worked on access and benefit sharing issues concerning traditional healers. He has previously worked on policy papers for the governments of the states of Uttaranchal and Arunachal Pradesh in India regarding the same.

Janet Vo holds a BA in History and Asian American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. At the time of  her internship, Janet was pursuing her JD at Suffolk University Law School (USA). Her background in advocacy and interests in the areas of immigrant rights, discrimination, and gender violence has inspired her commitment to studying the impact of laws and policies on communities. Janet has an emerging interest in environmental issues and sustainable development, particularly within the framework of human rights and international law. She was based in the Sabah office as a Suffolk International and Comparative Law and Legal Practice Fellow.

Rob Wilson (University of Calgary, Canada): Rob’s field of study at the time of his internship was in general legal studies, however, he intended focusing on resource law, environmental law, and business law. He has completed both an honours BA and a Masters degree in political science and maintains a strong interest in international relations and political economy. While interning with Natural Justice, Rob did research on forestry issues, coastal marine resource management, and traditional healers in South Africa.

Jenah Zweig (University of Georgia School of Law, USA): Jenah Zweig received her BA from the University of Southern California and at the time of her internship, was studying at the University of Georgia School of Law. Her work at Natural Justice focused on the Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme analysis regarding the Blyde River Hydropower Plant and traditional medicine. She also provided resource lists and other information for the Natural Justice website. As a 2009 Equal Justice Fellow and 2010 Red Clay Conference Co-Chair, volunteering at Natural Justice has served as a catalyst for a future in public interest work and environmental law at the international level.

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