Member Profiles

The GNHRE is proud to have some of the most outstanding scholars in the field attached to the network, as well as some excellent and radical lawyers, NGOs, policy makers and activists.

Fantastic scholars listed in the profile pages include some of the most luminous names in the world: Upendra Baxi (leading social thinker and radical scholar/activist); Laura Westra (environmental visionary and radical scholar); Martha Albertson Fineman (leading feminist theorist and founder of the Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative); Dinah Shelton (leading scholar on the drafting team of the UN Draft Declaration on Human Rights and the Environment; one of the two or three most eminent names in the field);  Christopher D Stone (Author of the iconic ‘Should Trees Have Standing?’); Burns H Weston (A truly authoritative internationally renowned name in the human rights field); Conor Gearty (One of the most radical scholar/lawyers around and world renowned for his critical work on human rights and civil liberties).

Radical lawyers include: Conor Gearty; Upendra Baxi (long time advocate for the ‘violated’ of Bhopal, India); Parvez Hassan (outstanding activist and lawyer honoured by UNEP and the IUCN); Polly Higgins (radical barrister and activist – campaigner for the crime of ‘ecocide’); Ugo Mattei, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Alfred and Hanna Fromm Chair in International and Comparative Law, Hastings College of the Law, University of California, USA and widely renowned commons activist;  Philippe Sands QC (world renowned international lawyer with a high media profile and an outstanding record of commitment to human rights and the environment).  Other activists linked to the network include two of our patrons: Vandana Shiva (world-leading philosopher, feminist and eco-activist); Sir Jonathon Porritt (eminent writer, broadcaster and world famous environmental campaigner).

Policy leaders include our patron, Sir Geoffrey Palmer (33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand; New Zealand  Minister for the Environment (1987-1990); Chair, UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident 2010-2011); Martin Frick, Representative of Germany to the International Organisations based in Germany, including the Secretariats of the UN convention to combat climate change, UNFCCC, and the UN Convention to Combat desertification, UNCCD; Martin Bigg (a UK national leader in environmental protection, environmental regulation and support for environmental technology.  He has worked with governments in the development and implementation of EU and UK environmental regulation including the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive, Industrial Emissions Directive, waste management and air quality/pollution controls).

NGO leaders/founders (in addition to those, such as Vandana Shiva and Jonathon Porritt, already mentioned) include: Bianca Jagger, Founder and Director of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation; Maria Adebowale (founder and director of Capacity Global); Professor Tom Kerns (founder and director of the Environment and Human Rights Advisory); Ashish Kothari (Chair, Greenpeace India).

While the categories of scholar, radical lawyer, activist, NGO leader, policy leader often overlap in the outstanding, committed people listed here, this entry at least gives some flavour of the quality of the individuals connected to the vital work of the GNHRE network and committed to supporting it, whether by lending their reputation, their time or their considerable insight and talent.