Supporting climate legal initiatives
The CJP is pleased to announce that we have successfully commenced a new initiative to establish the Climate Justice Fund, intended to provide financial and strategic support to legal initiatives related to climate change.
We have established a Transitional Committee, which has succeeded in the development of the Governing Instrument for the Fund and work is now being undertake to establish the Board of the Fund as well as finalising other administrative arrangements and resource mobilisation.
The Transitional Committee is made up of legal experts in the field who have kindly donated their time to serve in their individual capacities across regions (organisational affiliation provided for information purposes only).
The Transitional Committee
Christoph Schwarte – Germany / Europe (Director, Legal Response Initiative)
Christoph is a German lawyer with over fifteen years of practical experience in different arenas of international environmental law. He is the executive director of the Legal Response Initiative – a London based charity that provides free legal advice to climate vulnerable developing countries and NGOs. He was a member of the International Law Association’s Committee that developed legal principles related to climate change (adopted in 2014) and has been actively involved the international climate negotiation for many years.
Vositha Wijanayaki – International Lawyer Sri Lanka / Asia
Vositha is an attorney at law specialising in international human rights law, and environmental law. She works on climate change and sustainable development, and focuses on adaptation, loss and damage as well as how climate change overlaps with issues on human rights and gender. She works as Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for Climate Action Network South Asia, Regional Facilitator for Asia for Southern Voices on Adaptation program, and co chairs the legal working group of Climate Action Network International.
Dr Tony La Vina – The Philippines / Asia (Law Professor and Dean, Ateneo School of Government, Manilla)
Tony is a teacher, thinker and lawyer – a social entrepreneur and an environmental and human rights advocate. He is currently Dean of the Ateneo School of Government. Tony is highly experienced in the law as it relates to climate change, biodiversity, extractive industries, land tenure, and indigenous peoples’ rights. Tony has been active in the climate change negotiations since COP 1 in Berlin, Germany and believes that a Climate Justice Fund is an idea whose time has come.
Robert Chimambo – Zambia / Southern Africa (Executive Committee Member, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance)
Robert has thirty years’ experience and participation in local national and regional campaigns and advocacy for protection of community rights, access to water, forests, climate change, wildlife and fisheries resources. He has undertaken successful environmental litigation against development, groundwater pollution around Lusaka and Chalimbana River Headwaters and is currently litigating in the High Court of Zambia to stop mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Benson Owuor Ochieng – Kenya / Northern Africa (Executive Director, Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG) and Partner at Ochieng Ochieng & Company Advocates)
Kristin Casper – United States / North America (Legal Counsel, Greenpeace International)
Kristin is a climate law specialist and serves as legal counsel for Greenpeace International. She advises on international environmental law and legal aspects of campaigning in the areas of climate change, energy, toxics, water and forests related issues. Kristin is a registered attorney with the Colorado Bar and holds certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and is deeply committed to climate justice and bringing about the clean energy revolution.
Jennifer Gleason – United States / North America (Staff Attorney, ELAW)
Juan Carlos Carrillo – Mexico / Central America (Lawyer, Mexican Centre for Environmental Law)
Juan Carlos is a lawyer based in Mexico City experienced in a range of environmental legal services including analysis of legislation and environmental policies, regulations and standards and legal counsel. Juan Carlos has developed the “Legal Guide for owners of forests in Mexico”, the Forestry Law in 2012, the draft of Mexico’s City Climate Change Law and wrote the Climate Action Program for the State of Chiapas. He has worked within the UNFCCC negotiations since 2011.
Ezio Costa Cordella – Chile / South America (Executive Director, FIMA)
Dr Keely Boom –Australia / Indigenous Peoples (Executive Officer – Climate Justice Programme)
Stephen Leonard – President – Climate Justice Programme