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EarthRights International

Washington, United States
Joined February 2016


Presence in: United States
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice

EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as “earth rights.” We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights International seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.

People Associated With This Organization

Ali Sutherland

Thailand  
EarthRights International
Joined June 2019
Interests: Education
Earth Rights School Global Program Coordinator

George Ogara

Nigeria  
EarthRights International (Unverified)
Joined August 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Right to Information
Lawyer that combines advocacy on the adverse effect of gas flaring in community-litigants in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria to create further awareness of the environmental rights and empowering the community with information and knowledge of the implication on their health, environmental and traditional livelihoods.

Lara Wallis

Myanmar  
EarthRights International
Joined October 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Lara Wallis, an admitted attorney, has worked across a range of areas of human rights law at non-profit organisations in South Africa and as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. As a Bertha Fellow at the Legal Resources Centre -- South Africa's largest human rights clinic, Wallis worked across the fields of refugee law, housing rights, equality and non-discrimination, environmental law, customary law and land rights. Wallis then went on to take up a research position in the Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme at the Centre for Environmental Rights. Wallis holds both an LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Cape Town, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School where she was named a Human Rights Fellow. As a 2019-2020 recipient of the Columbia Law School Global Public Service Fellowship, Wallis has joined EarthRights International's Myanmar office as a Legal Fellow.

Nang Shining

Myanmar  
EarthRights International (Unverified)
Joined July 2019
Interests: Environmental Justice
Nang Shining's Bio



Nang Shining is a Shan ethnic from Southern Shan State in Myanmar. She has a Master of Arts in International Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, a second Master degree in the field of Sustainable Natural Resources Management from the University for Peace, Costa Rica and her third Master degree in the field of Global Politics at Ateneo De Manila University, Philippines. She worked for four years at EarthRights International’s Mekong School based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and served as the School Training Coordinator and Alumni Program Coordinator. She is a founder and Director of Mong Pan Youth Association based in Shan State Myanmar and a co-founder of Weaving Bonds Across Borders based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is interested in the intersection of peace and conflict transformation, human rights, gender equality and environmental issues in the Mekong and Salween River basin countries. She has published report on Gender and Hydropower; Women Rights in the Development Discourse with the project professional development of water governance and regional development practitioners in the Salween Basin (MK31), Center for social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, she is establishing Nam Khone School Training Program that aims to empower women and youth to defend human rights and environmental justice in Myanmar.

Neung Thornthan

Thailand  
EarthRights International
Joined March 2021
Interests: Environmental Justice
Currently I work with EarthRights International as Mekong Legal Coordinator. I works on the Human Rights, environment and land(sometime) issues helped the villagers and communities as legal aid and law training for the villagers.
I provided direct legal counseling services to local people facing problems with Thai law, policies and regulations, and other human rights violations. I provided monitoring and evaluation of the legal processes, investigation and fact finding, preparing documentations and the clients for court and testimony. I developed the training modules and awareness raising materials based on need assessments to communities as well as conducted training related to law and legal services on human rights, most of the target groups were ethnic minority.
I would like to learn new skill and experiences and strengthen the impact of my work and my minority community. I hope I can expand my network and share experiences with other participants.

Remy Kinna

Thailand  
EarthRights International
Joined August 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice
Rémy is EarthRight International’s Mekong Legal Director. He leads and manages ERI's legal program across the Mekong sub-region, as well as coordinating the Mekong Legal Advocacy Institute and Mekong Legal Network. He is an international environmental law, policy and governance specialist with professional experience spanning law firms, NGOs, the UN, academia and consulting. Prior to joining ERI, Rémy also spent years coordinating humanitarian and development programmes across South-East Asia for Oxfam. A passionate advocate for using the law to protect and preserve natural environments for the communities who rely upon them, this underpins his commitment to co-powering with local people working at the intersection of legal, environmental and social issues. Rémy holds undergraduate Law, Science (Hons) and French (language) degrees from Monash University, Australia and a Master of Laws (Marine & Environmental) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He speaks English and French.

Sean Arthurs

United States  
EarthRights International
Joined February 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice
Seán Arthurs
Director of Global Education and Training
Region: Global Leadership and Management

Seán is EarthRights’ Director of Global Education and Training. He is a lifelong learner with extensive experience working at the intersection of law and education. Seán has trained teachers and designed, implemented, and evaluated learning and training programs across the globe. He is passionate about partnering with others to build more equitable and accessible educational systems and structures for all learners and leaders. Before joining EarthRights, Seán worked as a high school teacher, judicial clerk, Skadden Fellow and Legal Aid attorney, human rights volunteer, litigation associate, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Online Learning Facilitator, and non-profit Director.

Seán holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a B.B.A. (University of Notre Dame), a J.D. (University of Cincinnati), a Master of Arts in Teaching (University of Portland), and an L.L.M. in Advocacy (Georgetown University Law Center). He has written and presented widely on learner-centered education, scaling in the education space, and best practices in virtual teaching and learning. When he is not attending school or building programs, Seán is laughing and exploring with his two lively and inquisitive children who remind him frequently about how little he knows. I am hoping to connect with other educators, human rights and environmental rights defenders, and activists to think about how we can help train, partner, and empower local activists in leading change. Any specific opportunities to partner or learn more about education efforts, both in-person and virtual, would be welcomed!

Valentina Stackl

United States  
EarthRights International
Joined February 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Right to Information
Communications Lead at EarthRights International, where we use the power of the law and the power of the people to shift the balance of the global economy.

Vuthy Sem

Cambodia  
EarthRights International
Joined December 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Right to Information
My name is Sem Vuthy ( Vuthy Sem). I am working with EarthRights International to promote community rights to development. I work directly with community members who are affected/being affected by economic development projects such as dam, coal and special economic zone. I work to build up community capacity on human rights and environmental laws and regulations. Through this work, we aim to build the community voice to speak up their concerns, which caused by any form of the development project in the country and link them to the next level of advocacy work to support their entire community campaign.

William Schulte

Thailand  
EarthRights International
Joined September 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information
Mekong Region Policy and Campaigns Advisor

Wora Suk

Thailand  
EarthRights International
Joined March 2019
Interests: Environmental Justice
Wora Suk is Mekong Campaign Coordinator at EarthRights International and a key Member of Thailand Extraterritorial Obligations Watch Coalition. Her experiences in the past 10 years heavily focus on monitoring Chinese and Thai outbound investments in ASEAN countries and human rights due diligence in coal and dam sectors. Wora play a leading role in CSO platforms of influencing National Action Plan of Thailand on Business and Human Rights to include extraterritorial obligations of Thai and multinational businesses. Wora is a Geographer, graduated from Geosciences, University of Sydney in 2013. Before joining EartRights International, she worked for Oxfam America Extractive Industry Program in Asia office as Policy Advisor and Oxfam Australia Water Governance Program as Regional Policy Advisor.

Wyatt Gjullin

Peru  
EarthRights International
Joined February 2022
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Indigenous Peoples' Rights
Wyatt first joined EarthRights in 2017 as a member of the U.S. legal team in its Washington, D.C office, working on transnational human rights litigation against U.S. companies, including Newmont Mining Corporation and Chiquita, on behalf of communities in Latin American resisting the harmful consequences of resource extraction and corporate abuse. Wyatt also worked on EarthRights’ U.S.- based climate change accountability litigation against ExxonMobil and Suncor energy for their outsize contributions to climate change.

In 2019, Wyatt joined EarthRights’ Amazon Program legal team in Lima, Peru, where he works with Indigenous and local communities throughout the Latin American region to develop and implement strategic litigation targeting the threats and consequences of extractive industries, mega-development projects, climate change, and heavy metal contamination. Wyatt’s time in both offices has allowed him to work across legal systems in the United States, Latin American, and in international forums to hold companies and States accountable for human rights abuses and shift power from corporate and political elites towards social movements and communities. Before joining EarthRights as a Bertha Justice Fellow, Wyatt clerked at the Alaska Supreme Court for Chief Justice Craig Stowers.

Wyatt received his B.A. from Georgetown University and both is J.D. and L.L.M. in sustainable international development law from the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Wyatt was an Ella Baker intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he worked on cases involving corporate accountability, government transparency, and the defense of human rights advocates. He was also a member of the Human Rights Clinic and President of the Public Interest Law Association.

Wyatt is fluent in Spanish and admitted to practice in Washington State and the District of Columbia.

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