ELAW Fellows Program

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The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide has hosted more than 150 environmental professionals from all over the world. ELAW Fellows are committed advocates who help the world's most disadvantaged communities protect the environment through law.

ELAW Fellows have gone on to do outstanding work and become respected leaders. Four ELAW Fellows later won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, including 2009 Goldman Prize winner Rizwana Hasan from Bangladesh.

ELAW designs each Fellowship to meet the Fellow's needs. We provide one-on-one training with ELAW Staff Attorneys, Scientists, and development staff, and reach out to other experts in the U.S. and around the world to help ELAW Fellows meet their training objectives.

ELAW Fellowships may include the following, and more:

ELAW Fellows gain skills and build strong organizations that will work to protect communities and the planet for years to come. ELAW Fellows also enrich the Eugene community and help educate Americans about environmental challenges and successes around the world.

For more information, contact Maggie Keenan, ELAW Fellows Program Coordinator.

If you are a Eugene area resident and wish to host an ELAW Fellow,
please visit our host family page.

Current Fellows

Irene Francis Fugara

Irene Francis Fugara,
Irene works at the Dar es Salaam-based Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team. She works on issues tied to pollution, land rights, and gender. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2012.

ELAW Fellows (2015)

Oksana Imetkhenova

Oksana Imetkhenova,
Oksana is a teacher at the Department of Ecology, Health and Safety at the East Siberia State University of Technology and Management in Ulan-Ude, Russia, where she also studies law. She volunteers at the Buryat Regional Organization for Lake Baikal to advance protection of the world’s oldest and deepest lake, and the surrounding forests. She holds a PhD in biology from the Buryat State University.

ELAW Fellows (2014)

Luisa Arauz

Luisa Arauz,
Luisa is Staff Attorney at El Centro de Incidencia Ambiental (Environmental Advocacy Center of Panama, CIAM). She developed an interest in nature and international issues at a young age from her father, a nature guide, and her mother, a diplomat. Luisa’s focus at CIAM is protecting water resources and human rights.

Liubov Balandina

Liubov Balandina,
Liubov is finishing her degree in environmental engineering, and is getting a second degree in law, at the East Siberia State University of Technology and Management. She volunteers at the Buryat Regional Organization for Lake Baikal to advance protection of the world’s oldest and deepest lake, and the surrounding forests.

Harriet Bibandambah

Harriet Bibangambah,
Harriet is Program/Research Officer at Greenwatch, based in Kampala, Uganda. Greenwatch promotes public participation in the sustainable use, management and protection of the environment and natural resources, and the enforcement of the Constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment. Harriet facilitates community dialogue and involvement in environmental matters. She has an MA in Management Studies from the Uganda Management Institute and a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University.

Marco Lazcano

Marco Lazcano,
Marco is an attorney at Defensa Ambiental del Noroeste (DAN), an inspiring organization of dedicated environmental leaders working to protect Mexico’s Baja California. DAN is working with ELAW to challenge an enormous open pit gold mine proposed for Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve, and other projects that threaten communities and ecosystems. ELAW has collaborated with DAN for 10 years.

Baigalimaa Nyamdavaa,

Baigalimaa Nyamdavaa,
Baigalimaa is a Program Officer at the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD)'s Human Rights Advocacy Program. She is also an assistant in CHRD's project: Strengthening Environmental law and Accountability in Mongolia's Extractive Industry. She supervises law students participating in CHRD's Public Interest Law Clinic, which provides free legal services to low-income community members. She earned her law degree in 2010 from the Institute of Commerce and Business in Ulaanbaatar.

Manda Urantulkhuur

Manda Urantulkhuur,
Manda is Coordinator of the Community Based Development Program at the Centre for Human Rights and Development where she works to advance the economic, social, and cultural rights of Mongolia's disenfranchised. Her program has empowered women's groups in Ulaanbaatar and Darkhan, and the provinces of Uvurkhangai, Dornod, and Khentii. Manda has a bachelor's degree in education from the Pedagogical University of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and a masters degree in Inter-Asia NGO Studies from Sungkonghoe University, South Korea.

Gonca Yilmaz, Turkey

Gonca Yilmaz,
Gonca co-founded the Denge Ecological Life Foundation, based in Istanbul, and has plans for an environmental law center. She works on problems related to hydropower and coal plants, and is involved in litigation on a large dam project. She has practiced law for ten years.

ELAW Fellows (2013)

Rahul Choudhary, India

Rahul Choudhary,
Rahul Choudhary is an attorney with the Legal Initiative for Forest & Environment (LIFE), a non-profit organization based in New Delhi. Rahul has won big victories before the National Green Tribunal. He helped protect communities and wetlands in Chhattisgarh threatened by a coal-fueled power plant and communities in Orissa threatened by a polluting steel plant. The National Green Tribunal recently appointed Rahul to investigate claims that an incinerator in South Delhi is emitting life-threatening levels of toxic metals, including lead. Rahul is also working to protect India’s 400 remaining Asiatic lions. He helped win orders in May 2013 to re-locate part of the population, to ensure their survival. Rahul’s organization has worked closely with ELAW for many years and co-hosted the 2012 ELAW Annual Meeting, in Goa.

Nataliya Horodetska, Ukraine

Nataliya Horodetska,
Nataliya is Legal Advisor at Environment People Law in Lviv, Ukraine. Her work focuses on issues related to climate change, alternative energy and green tariffs, hydro power projects in the Carpathian mountains, biodiversity conservation, forest protection, access to information, and public participation. She received her Master of Law at Ivan Franko National University in 2010. She has served as Legal Advisor at EPL since 2007.

Thuli Brilliance Makama, Swaziland

Thuli Brilliance Makama,
Thuli is Swaziland's only public interest environmental attorney. After a grueling three-year legal battle, she won a landmark case to include environmental NGO representation in the Swaziland Environment Authority, reinforcing the right to public participation in environmental decision making. Thuli has collaborated with ELAW for many years to protect communities and the environment through law. Thuli is collaborating with ELAW staff and international partners to build skills and boost ELAW's work in Africa.

Benedette Mutuku, Kenya

Benedette Mutuku,
Benedette Mutuku is a Project Officer at the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on climate change, forest governance, Open Governance in the Extractive Sector in Africa (OGESA), land and natural resources, access to information, access to justice and public participation, and public interest environmental litigation. She earned her law degree from the University of Nairobi School of Law and has training in project management from The Kenya Institute of Management.

Bazarsad Nanjindorj, Mongolia

Bazarsad Nanjindorj,
Bazarsad is an attorney and consultant at the Center for Human Rights and Development and recently founded a new organization, the Public Interest Lawyers' Initiative. Both organizations are based in Ulaanbaatar. His focus is protecting human and environmental rights in Mongolia." title="Bazarsad is an attorney and consultant at the Center for Human Rights and Development and recently founded a new organization, the Public Interest Lawyers' Initiative. Both organizations are based in Ulaanbaatar. His focus is protecting human and environmental rights in Mongolia.

Laura Palmese, Honduras

Laura Palmese,
Laura Palmese is a public interest environmental attorney at Instituto de Derecho Ambiental de Honduras (IDAMHO, Environmental Law Institute). She uses the law to advance environmental justice and sustainable development while raising awareness about environmental issues. "We are amplifying the voices of communities and making the government accountable to its people, its land, and its natural resources," she says. Laura began work at IDAMHO as a volunteer in 2011.

Minerva Rosette, México

Minerva Rosette,
Minerva Rosette is an environmental engineer, from Chihuahua, México. She works in the Southeast office of Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (Mexican Center for Environmental Law, CEMDA), in Cancun. Her focus is evaluating environmental impact assessments and monitoring changes to land use, to protect the Mesoamerican Reef. Before joining CEMDA, she worked with local communities to conserve the biodiversity of the Sierra Tarahuamara.

Adolf Runyoro, Tanzania

Adolf Runyoro,
Adolf Runyoro is Legal Officer at the Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT) based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He conducts research, participates in environmental awareness campaigns, and provides legal assistance to citizens whose lands have been encroached upon. He also holds trainings for marginalized groups to raise awareness about environmental and land rights.

Dana Tabachnik, Isreal

Dana Tabachnik,
Dana is the Director of the Economy & Environment Department at Adam Teva v’Din, also known as the Israel Union for Environmental Defense. In the wake of newly discovered offshore oil and onshore shale oil resources, she is helping making the case for a sustainable energy economy for Israel. She also works to protect the Dead Sea from industrial pollution and mineral extraction. Tabachnik holds LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from The Hebrew University. In 1994, Adam Teva v’Din co-hosted the ELAW Annual International Meeting in Jerusalem.

Ali Athar Qazi, Pakistan

Ali Anthar Qazi,
Ali is an advocate at the Sindh High Court. His landmark cases include cleaning up contamination in the Indus River, proper disposal of hospital waste, restricting tree cutting, and conserving forests. In 2012 he was presented with an Achievement Award by the Chief Justice of Pakistan for promoting environmental laws in Pakistan.

ELAW Fellows (2012)

Emilio D’Cuire, Honduras

Emilio D’Cuire,
Emilio is protecting the Mesoamerican Reef and the way of life for small fishing communities in Honduras through strengthening the rule of law. He and his co-workers at the Environmental Law Institute of Honduras (IDAMHO) are taking on short-sighted tourism development schemes and empowering communities to participate in decisions that impact the local environment. He says: "I want to protect nature and improve the quality of life for the dispossessed." Emilio received a degree in biology from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras. He was granted a tuition scholarship for the University of Oregon’s American English Institute's Intensive English Program. Stronger English skills, he says, will open up "a world of information."

Ana Lucia Maya Aguirre, Colombia

Ana Lucia Maya Aguirre,
Ana is a seasoned advocate and litigator on human rights before national and international bodies. Her work has focused on refugees, internal forced displacement, and forced migration; prior consultation and free, prior and informed consent of Afro-descendant and indigenous communities; right to participation and access to information in environmental matters in Latin America; and environmental governance, global justice, and the Inter-American System of Human Rights. The mission of Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad is to generate positive changes in the regulation, policies and decision-making processes, and promote an active, central and effective participation of civil society in environmental matters. Ana graduated from the National University of Colombia where she specialized in Constitutional Law.

Alejandra Serrano, Mexico

Alejandra Serrano,
Alejandra is working to permanently protect vital natural resources in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. She works with local communities to establish Natural Protected Areas and set standards for sustainable fisheries. Alejandra has been with CEMDA since 2001 and directs CEMDA's Southeast office, based in Cancun. Alejandra earned her law degree at Panamericana University in Mexico City and has additional training in international environmental law and integrated watershed management.

Lottie Cunningham Wren, Nicaragua

Lottie Cunningham Wren,
Miskito attorney Lottie Cunningham Wren collaborates with indigenous communities to conserve biological diversity, sustain cultural practices, and advocate for sustainable fisheries. Lottie has worked with ELAW for more than 10 years to defend the rights of indigenous communities and protect the environment of Nicaragua's north Atlantic coast. Lottie was an expert witness in the Awas Tingni vs. Nicaragua case, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This case resulted in a tremendous land rights victory for indigenous peoples throughout the Americas.

Roles Theard, Haiti

Roles Theard,
Roles works with traditional farming communities in Haiti to promote sustainable agriculture and protect traditional cultural resources. As an attorney and an agronomist, he forges ties between sustainable agriculture, healthy communities, and the rule of law.

Erdenechimeg (Chimgee) Dashdorj, Mongolia

Erdenechimeg (Chimgee) Dashdorj,
Erdenechimeg Dashdorj, also known as "Chimgee," wants her fellow Mongolians to live in a safe and healthy environment. She manages the Human Rights Advocacy Program at the Center for Human Rights and Development. Together with her colleagues she is working to protect Mongolia from polluting mining operations.

Sergey Shapkhaev, Russia

Sergey Shapkhaev,
Sergey is a scientist with expertise in geophysics and oceanography. He has worked for many years to protect the biological and cultural diversity of Lake Baikal.

Elena Chernobrovkina, Russia

Elena Chernobrovkina,
Elena is a lawyer and International Program Coordinator at the Buryat Regional Organization for Lake Baikal. She works to protect the Lake Baikal watershed from threats posed by dams, pipelines, and mining operations.