Focus

I lead Climate & Forests team’s work on providing legal support to community forestry processes in Africa and South-East Asia. I also focus on broader issues relating to forest governance and forest communities’ rights and use my experience in human rights and multi-stakeholder engagement to support the development and implementation of appropriate laws and policies in these fields.

Experience

My career as a lawyer includes a rich variety of experiences, ranging from representing corporate clients in intellectual property cases to working at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. After shifting my career towards human rights, I worked as a legal coordinator at EarthRights International’s South-East Asia office in Thailand, supporting public interes lawyers and civil society organisations in the Mekong region to advocate against large-scale development projects having detrimental impacts to the environment and human rights of local communities.

Education and Training

I hold a Bachelor’s law degree and a Master’s degree in Constitutional Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. I also hold a Master’s degree in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The law is not just for lawyers - by demystifying and bringing it closer to communities affected by environmental degradation, we use its power to build people’s movements and create more equitable societies.

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