Welcome ELAW Fellows from Ecuador and Croatia

ELAW Fellows Hugo Echeverria from Ecuador (left) and Gligor Radecic from Croatia.

We are pleased to welcome two new ELAW Fellows. Hugo Echeverria joined us from Quito, Ecuador, and Gligor Radecic arrived from Zagreb, Croatia.

Hugo and Gligor are new to ELAW and are working closely with our law and science teams to defend communities and ecosystems.

Hugo is an attorney and leading scholar on the novel concept of the “rights of nature.” He studies how this and other rights can protect communities and biodiversity around the world, thereby promoting peace both among peoples and with nature. He worked for five years in the Galapagos Islands where he monitored enforcement of laws protecting marine species, with a focus on sharks.

Gligor is Legal Officer at Biom Association (BirdLife Croatia). His work includes challenging a large and controversial wind farm, tackling wildlife crime, and advancing access to information, access to justice, and public participation in decision making.

“It may seem wrong to challenge a source of renewable energy, but the wind farm is proposed for a high-value conservation area for birds and bats, and does not benefit the energy needs of Croatians,” says Gligor.

 Hugo and Gligor toured the Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse yesterday and sat in on a jury trial.They were joined by ELAW Fellows Olivier Ndoole from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Dickens Kaumugisha from Uganda, and visiting lawyer Asma Hameed Khan from Pakistan. PHOTO: Paola Eisner, ELAW Law Associate

Many thanks to the University of Oregon Global Justice Program of the Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace for making Hugo’s ELAW Fellowship possible. We also thank the Trust for Mutual Understanding for making Gligor’s Fellowship possible.

Find more information here about the ELAW Fellows Program.

Maggie Keenan
Communications Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide