I am excited to be a part of the ClientEarth team because I strongly believe in using the law as a tool for protecting and securing environmental and human rights. Providing legal support to communities to better understand legal frameworks, participate in decision-making processes and seek redress for violations of their rights brings together the power of the law and the power of the people, ultimately helping build people’s movements and creating more equitable societies.

Tanja Venisnik

Law and Policy Advisor, Climate & Forests

Tanja Venisnik joined our London office in November 2016. She is a qualified lawyer and human rights specialist with over 10 years of professional experience in both the private sector and the international public sector.

Her 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 her career towards human rights, Tanja worked as a legal coordinator at EarthRights International’s SE Asia office in Thailand, supporting local 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. Tanja holds a Master’s degree in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.


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