Eva Maria joined Natural Justice in August 2018 and is based in Kenya. She is a Senior Programme Officer working across all programmatic streams including the Defending Rights, Affirming Rights and Standing With Communities streams.
Prior to her appointment, Eva Maria served as a Pupil for six months at the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice. She later joined Natural Justice as a Legal Fellow, a position she earned on merit after winning the Extractives Baraza Moot Court Competition in February 2018. Natural Justice had offered a paid legal fellowship to the winner of the competition.
Eva Maria is an environmental enthusiast who is deeply devoted to the ongoing struggle to secure the human and environmental rights of marginalized communities. She has a wealth of expertise in environmental rights, climate justice and land rights issues, having worked closely, in her role at Natural Justice, with communities affected by mega-extractive, infrastructural, and conservation projects in the coastal and northern parts of Kenya. By supporting Natural Justice’s legal empowerment approaches and litigation strategies, Eva Maria helps empower communities to enable them assert their rights in environmental decision-making processes that can affect their social, economic, political and cultural lives in significant ways.
Eva Maria’s passion for environmental justice has also prompted her to venture into the realm of advocacy by writing thought provoking articles and mobilizing community-led campaigns to push for changes to policies and laws that fail to reflect the interests of indigenous peoples and local communities.
Eva Maria is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Master of Laws in Public International Law from the University of Nairobi, with a focus on international human rights law, international environmental law, and migration law. She is also an alumni of the Political Leadership and Governance Program (class of 2020) which recognized her efforts as a young environmental rights defender, to create a new political leadership and governance culture for transforming Kenya into a true democratic, value-driven and effective society.