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Dr Konstantia Koutouki
Dr Konstantia Koutouki is a Professor of Law at the Université de Montréal and Lead Counsel for Natural Resources with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law at McGill University. Her research examines the links between international trade, intellectual property, and environmental protection. She has extensive experience working on issues concerning social, economic and cultural development of Indigenous and local communities, as well as the preservation of natural spaces and traditional knowledge. She has first-hand experience with Indigenous and local communities around the world, where she has spent much time as a guest and researcher.
Dr Tanira Kingi
Dr Tanira Kingi is a member of the Te Arawa (Māori) people. He has a PhD in Agricultural Economics and Development from the Australian National University, a Master’s degree in Agricultural Systems Management (Massey) and his first degree in Agricultural Business was also from Massey University. He has written widely on Māori agriculture, focusing on multiple land ownership and organizational structures. He has been an advisor to local governments on land and economic development. His areas of research are: property rights, land tenure systems and agricultural development, and Indigenous development.
Hon David Kilgour
The Honourable David Kilgour is a writer-speaker and human rights advocate. He was first elected to the House for Commons (Canada) in 1979 and re-elected 7 consecutive times. He studied at the Université Paris-Sorbonne and also holds a degree in Law from the University of Toronto and a degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba. He currently travels worldwide to discuss topics such as Human Dignity and Human Rights as well as contributing to various publications. He is the recipient of many awards including the Human Rights Prize of the International Society for Human Rights among others.
Prof Tracy Coates
Prof Tracy Coates has a JD in Law as well as a Master’s in Environmental Studies and International Dispute Resolution (MES). She is a strategic and creative consultant and educator in the area of critical theory, law and Indigenous knowledge. Tracy is of mixed Mohawk and European ancestry from an Urban Aboriginal Community. Her experience includes being a part-time Professor at the University of Ottawa with the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies, a Program Advisor in the areas of cultural competency and Aboriginal program development with the School of Social Work at Ryerson University and the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, and serving on the legal teams of the Assembly of First Nations and Amnesty International Canada. Ms. Coates has been gifted with traditional knowledge from a variety of Indigenous and First Nations Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and others, particular from Cree, Oji-Cree, Algonquin, and Haudenosaunee Nations.
Dr Paul Watts
Dr Paul Watts is an Ethnoecologist. He holds a doctoral degree in Ecological Energetics and Zoophysiology from the University of Oslo. He is the President of DALULHAY, a nonprofit organization based in the Philippines, working on issues related to Ethnoecology with a special focus on cross-cultural team building, international collaboration development, research mentoring, and sustainable development gap-analysis. Dr Watts has spent many years researching polar bears and other wildlife in Canada’s Arctic as well as human food security through a reflexive Ecohealth lens and inclusive education.
Hans Herrmann holds an MBA from IPADE Business School, a Master’s in Science in Marine Ecology, and a degree in Biochemical Engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is an expert in planning, creating and executing biodiversity conservation programs. He has also been involved in campaigns for the establishment of networks of marine protected areas in Canada, Mexico and the United States. He is involved in several leadership positions in both the private and public sectors.
Ms Tremblay has a BA in Education from the Université Laval. She has extensive experience teaching in a variety of milieus. She encourages child-centered learning in and outside of the classroom. A lifelong sports and outdoors enthusiast, she ensures that nature is part of a child’s learning environment. She works to promote innovative concepts about teaching by engaging teachers from different parts of the world to exchange ideas on teaching and learning.
Ms Beck is a graduate from Endicott College in her native USA. She has a deep-rooted passion for helping people live better lives through a healthy connection with their environment. She specializes in sustainable building design and the responsible use of natural materials. Through her work, she aims to create healthy, functional spaces that are accessible to a wide audience. She has a strong interest in ensuring that building regulations promote human-friendly materials especially in spaces dedicated to children. She also encourages traditional building designs that are a reflection of the environment in which they exist.
Abikè Yacoubou-Chabi Yo
Abikè Yacoubou-Chabi Yo is a Beninese and French lawyer, member of both the Bars of Paris and Quebec. She has an LLM degree in International and European Economic Relations Law from the University of Paris X School of Law. Currently she is a lawyer in a private practice providing advice on human rights, international, business and contract law; a Legal Research Fellow at CISDL; and a PhD Candidate at the Université de Montréal where her focus is on the relationship between African and Canadian Law. She has worked as a Lawyer at law firms located in France (Paris) and Canada (Montreal), for the UNEP/SCBD – Biosafety Protocol, UNESCO – Global Earth Observation and the UNDP.
Ana Maria Gonzalez
Ana Maria Gonzalez is a Colombian attorney with more than seven years’ experience in the financial sector. She holds an LLM in International Law and Legal Studies from the Université de Montréal. She also has a special interest in immigration laws and procedures.
Mario Gonzalez Valdivieso
Mario Gonzalez is a systems engineer and Master’s candidate in Software Engineering at the University of Concordia. With over 7 years of experience in the technology industry, he is responsible for developing and maintaining Nomomente’s media and IT needs.
Ms Alexandre is currently working on her PhD in International Law at Université Laval in Quebec City. Her thesis examines the linkages between nature and culture under the international law regime, particularly in Indigenous communities. She has since 2011 been involved in several non- profit organizations in Quebec, Morocco and Mauritius. She has furthermore worked with the Maasai in Tanzania, helping them to safeguard their intangible heritage and to restore their land rights. As part of the Clinic for International Criminal and Human Rights Law at Université Laval, she participated in the International Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
Nature de Destin Andosmoui
Mr Andosmoui holds a Master 1 and Master 2 in Business Law (Public-Private Partnerships) and is currently completing a Doctorate in Law. His doctoral thesis focusses on the economic implications of international mining contracts and environmental criminal law. His research is concentrated in the Central African countries where mining is a major industry.
Elizabeth Steyn is a Doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law of Université de Montréal under the research supervision of Dean Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens. Her area of expertise is the intersection between natural resource development projects and sacred Indigenous sites. She obtained both her LLM and LLB with the highest honours, respectively at the University of South Africa and University of Johannesburg. Her Master’s degree contemplated the deregulation of the South African electricity market. In 2016 she spent 4 months as Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department Law and Anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany.
Having previously served as a member of the Faculty of Law of University of Johannesburg and practised law in the African natural resources and energy field, she now teaches in Université de Montréal’s LLM Business Law in a Global Context Program. She has been a Junior Researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP) and for The State and Indigenous Legal Cultures: Law in Search of Legitimacy Project since 2013. In 2015–2016 she acted as Co-Editor in Chief of Les Chantiers de la Recherche en droit Vol 3, and she is currently Co-Editor in Chief of la Revue juridique étudiante de l’Université de Montréal.
Gerdine Van Woudenberg
Ms Van Woudenberg has an MA from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs. She is interested in the empowerment of women in Indigenous and local communities, particularly in the area of natural resource management. She is also interested in looking at ways that economic development can be achieved in rural communities through the establishment of small, local, artisanal co-operatives. A chain-saw carver in her spare time, she seeks to promote the rights of artisans and craftspeople around the world.
Joseph Djemba Kandjo
Mr Djemba Kandjo has an LLB from the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also possesses an LLM in Business Law from the Université de Montréal. He is presently a doctoral candidate in Law and a researcher at the Centre for Sustainable Development Law. He is a member of the Bar in Kinshasa-Gombe where he also has taught courses at the respective faculties of law. His doctoral thesis examines biopiracy as an environmental crime under international law.
Ms Hrenyukh had a Business degree from her native Ukraine and is a business consultant interested in promoting ecologically and human-friendly substances in the fashion industry. She encourages the use of natural materials for clothing as well as cosmetic and other personal care products. She has a particular interest in the sourcing of materials so that they are ecological but also respond to fair trade criteria.
Ms Labranche is a human rights lawyer admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2008. She holds a BCL (civil law) and a JD (common law) from the Université de Montréal. During her law studies she attended interdisciplinary training in Information and Communication Law in Belgium. She has completed an LLM in International Public Law, more specifically on the legal protection of climate change migrants in Bangladesh. Ms Labranche has lived in Vietnam, Shanghai and Hong Kong, where she worked for an organization combating human trafficking in South-East Asia. She gives talks internationally on the protection of displaced peoples. She was recently appointed as President of Quebec Lawyers Abroad.
Ms Matip is jurist dedicated to the empowerment of women in the developing world. Originally from Cameroon, she holds a Doctorate in Business Law from Université Jean Moulin Lyon III (France). She has vast experience with intellectual property issues relating to traditional communities, particularly in Africa. She is involved in promoting a greater role for women in decision-making bodies of Indigenous and local communities and drawing attention to the significant intellectual contribution of women in various communities. She teaches at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal.
Ms Li is currently a law school student pursuing an LLM at Université de Montréal in Business Law. She obtained her Bachelor of Law degree from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China. Ms Li examines the importance of small, local businesses in the development of various Asian economies as global players. She seeks to promote local, culturally appropriate economic development in Asia and elsewhere.
Mr Mercer is a member of the Brazilian Bar. He also holds an LLD from Université de Montréal, an LLM from UQAM, two Specializations (International Law and Diplomacy and International Negotiations) as well as an LLB. His main fields of interest are intellectual property, traditional knowledge and ABS. He is particularly interested in examining different barriers to effective technology transfer to and from local communities.
Ms Banasaznavaei is currently examining the place of environmental protection in international arbitration. She received a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Mazandaran, and a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ashrafi esfahani (Esfahan University). She is a member of the Bar in Iran, has worked as a sessional lecturer and as a lawyer and will be starting her LLD next year. She has a particular interest in resolving transboundary environmental pollution disputes.
Miguel Eduardo Vargas Monroy
Mr Vargas Monroy is a Colombian lawyer with professional experience in the energy sector. He has studied in Canada, the USA, and the UK. He recently completed an LLM in International Business Law focussing on the place of environmental concerns in the negotiation of trade agreements between states. He also has a particular interest in examining issues related to the availability of basic services in Indigenous and local communities.
Ida Ngueng Feze
Ms Ngueng Feze is a Cameroonian attorney admitted to practice law in New York. She received a BA in Law and Society with a minor in Psychology from Ramapo College of NJ, a JD from Howard University School of Law and an LLM in public and private international law from the Université de Montréal. She also holds a Certificate in Chinese law from the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. During her time at the UNFAO, Ms Ngueng Feze worked on issues pertaining to intellectual property over new plant varieties, international trade and African customary laws. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute and a Research Fellow at the World Food Institute in Washington DC. She currently works at the Centre for Genomics and Policy at McGill University on the ethical, legal and regulatory implications of biotechnologies, and the health and environmental applications of genomics.