Shannon Marcoux joined Natural Justice in September 2021 as a fellow in the Cape Town Hub. Shannon recently received her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in New York, where she focused on climate law, environmental justice, and human rights.
During her time in law school, Shannon worked on numerous environmental justice issues with organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Dejusticia, EarthRights International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. She also previously worked with Natural Justice as an intern in 2019. Outside of the environmental context, Shannon’s human rights work has included providing pro bono assistance to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and working as a student attorney in Columbia’s Human Rights Clinic on human rights abuses in Kashmir.
Shannon received her BA in International Political Economy from Fordham University in 2016. Prior to returning to the United States to pursue her law degree, Shannon spent two years teaching in the Federated States of Micronesia. She has since published research on the environmental and human rights impacts of U.S. military activities in the Micronesian region, with a focus on the Marshall Islands.