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Cicilia Githaiga

Natural Justice: Lawyers for... (Unverified)
Joined May 2019
Interests: Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Cicilia Githaiga: Programme Manager Traditional Knowledge, Benefits Sharing and, Conservation and Customary Use at Natural Justice.
Cicilia is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with NJ charged with the responsibility of providing guidance on matters relating to traditional knowledge, benefits sharing, conservation and customary use. She has vast experience of matters of relating to environment and environmental justice having worked as in-house Counsel at the National Environment Management Authority for 8 years where she was also litigation counsel. Before this she was in active private practice for 5 years.
She has offered technical and legal advice on environmental matters with a particular bias for matters under the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol particularly on matters involving Access and Benefits Sharing while in her capacity as in house counsel. She has among other tasks litigated on matters environment while in her former position and given numerous advisory opinions on policies and legislation that touched on different aspects of her work.
Cicilia Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and is currently undertaking a Master of Arts Degree in Environmental Policy at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, University of Nairobi. She was also a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Climate Protection Fellowship (2016/17) which she undertook at her host Institution in Germany, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies.
She is passionate about various aspects national and international Policy and Legal Frameworks relating to environment matters particularly those under the Convention on Biological Diversity and its protocols particularly the Nagoya Protocol and matters Access and Benefits Sharing. She is also interested in Climate Change and Sustainable Development and how these areas impact issues surrounding indigenous people, local communities and conservation areas. She is also interested in engaging in public interest litigation in all these matters which she hopes will help shape future policy and legal frameworks.

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