Structure

The Climate Justice Fund is governed by its Board of Trustees, which determines its strategy and direction. The Board of Trustees will be in charge of putting in place the necessary policies and processes to implement the work of the Fund. The Board will develop strategies, decide on the provision of grants and undertake communications.

Board of Trustees

The Climate Justice Fund Board of Trustees was established in early 2017 and includes some of the world leaders in the field of climate change and the law.  The Board meets at least 4 times a year and is in the process of developing the strategy of the fund and putting the necessary policies in place. Experienced advisors for strategy and partnerships are helping the Board of Trustees to move forward with the necessary work.

The Board members have been carefully selected due to their close relationships to the global climate justice law and policy community and enjoy the full support of many experienced colleagues within the climate change and climate justice movement. A process is currently underway to bring a more Board members in from Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The Climate Justice Fund Board of Trustees are:

CHRISTOPH SCHWARTE

Christoph is a German lawyer with over fifteen years of practical experience in different arenas of international   environmental law. He is the executive director of the Legal Response Initiative – a London based charity that provides free legal advice to climate vulnerable developing countries and NGOs. He was a member of the International Law Association’s Committee that developed legal principles related to climate change (adopted in 2014) and has been actively involved the international climate negotiation for many years.

EZIO COSTA CORDELLA

Ezio is a Lawyer at Universidad de Chile. Msc Regulation London School of Economics and Political Science. He is Executive Director of the Chilen NGO FIMA. Ezio is also Researcher at the Center of Regulation and Competition, Universidad de Chile Law School and Professor of Environmental Law and Regulation, Universidad de Chile.

GITA PARIHAR

Gita is an independent international legal advisor and the former Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth England, Wales & Northern Ireland. Before joining Friends of the Earth she trained with charity law firm Bates, Wells & Braithwaite and worked for development NGO Actionaid. Gita is a qualified solicitor who has brought public interest environmental cases in UK courts on behalf of Friends of the Earth and the individuals and communities it works with. Her work covers rights under the Aarhus Convention and she has advised the Friends of the Earth International network on the UNFCCC climate negotiations for almost a decade, with a particular focus on the legal issues relating to human rights, participation and loss and damage. 

KRISTIN CASPER

Kristin is a climate law specialist and serves as legal counsel for Greenpeace International. She advises on international environmental law and legal aspects of campaigning in the areas of climate change, energy, toxics, water and forests related issues. Kristin is a registered attorney with the Colorado Bar and holds certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and is deeply committed to climate justice and bringing about the clean energy revolution.

LILI FUHR

Lili is the head of the Ecology and Sustainable Development Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s headquarters in Berlin. She focuses on International Climate, Energy and Resource Politics globally. Lili has worked on the subject of climate justice for many years and has been a global leader in building capacity of lawyers and campaignersin developing countries on the subject of climate change and the law. Current areas of emphasis include climate change, geoengineering and governance and extractive industries. Lili is also a Board member of the ETC Group.

MARGARETHA WEWERINKE SINGH

Margaretha is a Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of the South Pacific and an Affiliate of the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research at the University of Cambridge. Margaretha’s work focuses on the intersection between climate change, human rights and accountability of States. She has provided advice to NGOs and governments at international climate negotiations, and UN human rights bodies. Margaretha is a member of the IUCN Academy for Environmental Law and serves on the editorial boards of the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law and of the Journal of South Pacific Law.

RICHARD LORD

Richard has over 25 years experience in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance, energy and professional negligence claims. He has appeared and advised on cases from the House of Lords to the High Court in the British Virgin Islands. He is a mediator and arbitrator and has given expert evidence on the English Law for foreign Courts. Recent experience includes a number of total loss marine insurance claims and disputes arising out of Hurricane Katrina.

ROBERT CHIMAMBO

Robert has thirty years’ experience and participation in local national and regional campaigns and advocacy for protection of community rights, access to water, forests, climate change, wildlife and fisheries resources. He has undertaken successful environmental litigation against development, groundwater pollution around Lusaka and Chalimbana River Headwaters and is currently litigating in the High Court of Zambia to stop mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park.