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.
Earth Rights School Global Program Coordinator
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.
Hoan holds a bachelor’s degree in Infrastructure Engineering and Rural Development from the Water Resources University in Vietnam. In 2016, he started his career as a Project Coordinator at GreenID, an NGO promoting sustainable energy development in Vietnam and the larger Mekong region. He attended the EarthRights School in 2017 to pursue his interests in human rights and environmental issues. He has been expanding his knowledge in energy and air quality governance, campaign planning against unsustainable large-scale economic development projects, and advocacy for more equitable development. Additionally, he has been involved with community mobilization, field research, capacity building, as well as planning and implementing community-based projects.
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'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.
Oudom has been a well-established human rights and environmental rights campaigner in EarthRights since over the last five years where he use the power of people and power of law to hold accountability of the development projects such as dam and coal-fired power project that are harmful for human and environmental well-being. In line with his organization's capacity he has done a number of community organizing and mobilizing among grassroots communities (whose rights are violated by development projects) in order to build their capacity to push back against the harmful development projects. He provides human rights and environmental rights trainings to the grassroots communities and civil society organizations. He has also been an instrument for youth environmental activists in Cambodia and the Lower Mekong Region in terms of his analytical skill in natural resources governance and community empowerment aspect. By joining Global Legal Empowerment Network, he believes that he could bring issues of human and environment rights from Cambodia and the Mekong Region more widely/globally in order for collecting additional legal concepts/supports for helping people in his area. He is also willing to share experiences around human rights activism and grassroots community organizing from his region/country to the network.
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.
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.
Mekong Region Policy and Campaigns Advisor
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.