Hana Begovic (She/Her) is from Sweden with Bosnian roots and is a multilingual storyteller with the intention to amplify youth leadership in Earth-conscious practices and actions. She is a dedicated and empathic person with a deep interest in Earth Jurisprudence, narrative, storytelling, and embodied culture.
Hana holds a degree in Global Studies, a program uniting peace and development, human rights, gender studies, human ecology, and social anthropology. Hana is a member of the United Nations Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network and represents EAY on various boards and committees. One of her favorite quotes, guiding her is: "Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
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Innovation & Partnership Strategist
Niccolò is a 2nd-year LL.M. student in Law and Sustainable Development – curriculum in environmental law and policy - at the University of Milan, currently in exchange at Wageningen University. He is performing an internship at the Adaptation Division of the UNFCCC and has been involved for five years in promoting international cooperation via the United Nations Youth Association of Italy.
During his Bachelor's in International and Diplomatic Sciences, he spent a semester as an Erasmus student in Finnish Lapland, where he could experience firsthand the effect of climate breakdown on the Arctic region’s ecosystem and on the lifestyle of northern Indigenous Peoples. Since then, he has been interested in delving into the implications of the impact of unsustainable anthropogenic activities on the Earth system and the solutions of its consequences under a legal, ecocentric perspective.
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EAY Intern in Advocacy Strategy
Lena (She/Her) is full of optimism and curiosity for life and the world. She comes from Germany, and currently studies a university programme in the Netherlands which is preparing her to become a Global Project and Change Manager with a focus on sustainability. Her passion lies in leading projects and amplifying diverse voices in the field of Human Rights and Earth Jurisprudence.
With Rights of Nature, Lena combines her two passions to contribute to positive social change in relation to the Earth as a whole. As an enthusiastic Earth Advocate, Lena has so far contributed to Earth Advocacy Youth with the facilitation of workshops and the publication of an article focused on the global Rights of Nature movement.
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Elise Turnbull is from Scotland and graduated from the University of Glasgow with an LLB with Honours in 2019. She is now undertaking the Public International Master’s course at Amsterdam University where she also worked in the Environmental Justice Law Clinic advocating for the rights of Nature. This project introduced her to the possibility of shifting anthropocentric worldviews by altering traditional human-centered legal frameworks into more Earth-based ones.
Elise has experience working with international conservationist organizations and working within multiple jurisdictions, such as Brazil, the Netherlands, and Macedonia. She also enjoyed engaging with environmental projects in Australia and is passionate about engaging with local communities to forward the future of the rights of Nature movement.
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DAAN DE BRUIJN
Daan (She/Her) is from the Netherlands, currently living in Amsterdam where she graduated with honours from Amsterdam University College in 2020, and where she currently studies law at the University of Amsterdam. Daan is planning to advance her studies by pursuing a research Master's in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University.
While pursuing her Bachelor’s, she came in contact with and delved deeper into the philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence and the Rights of Nature movement, topics on which she has continued doing research. She got very inspired by the ways in which these movements offer opportunities and possibilities for a more inclusive and harmonious narrative to emerge - a narrative that celebrates and respects the intrinsic worth and integrity of all Earth's living systems. Daan feels strongly that it is fundamental to listen to and bring forth the diverse voices of Indigenous and local communities, who have lived in true interdependence with the Earth for centuries but are silenced due to the exclusionary and colonial human governance systems that the current dominant narrative promotes and fuels.
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Ayadi Mishra is a final year undergraduate Architecture student at the School of Planning and Architecture in Bhopal, India. She is passionate about contributing to bringing all of Nature back into our lives as humans and members of a larger web of life, where Earth Jurisprudence represents an essential source of inspiration. Playing her violin and catching a nice coffee break brings Ayadi joy. Prioritizing a well-rounded path on individual and communal levels is very important to her.
She believes in collaboration to make this vibrant world a better place. Systemic change is needed but only possible through multiple levels of engagement with a diverse group of people. This insight has gravitated her towards EAY and led her to become an Earth Advocate. She is now very excited to learn more about Earth Jurisprudence and co-create a space of growth and transformation at EAY.
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Alejandra Duarte is very passionate about protecting Earth's web of life and her favorite wildkind is the marvelous spatuletail, a rare endemic hummingbird from her home country. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Forestry Management at Universidad Agraria La Molina. Her research has focused primarily on native tree species in state-protected natural habitats in Peru's Andean cloud forests.
In her research, she has observed the importance of these living systems for ecological sustainability. Her experiences led her to become more involved in promoting the importance of biodiversity protection in relation to human and other-than-human well-being. Alejandra also wants to bridge the gender gap in conservation and advocate for Earth Defenders, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples and their ancestral territories.
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EAY ADVISORS & BOARD MEMBERS
JESSICA DEN OUTER
EAY Advisor on Youth Advocacy
Jessica den Outer has a Bachelor's Degree in International & European Law and a Master's Degree in International Environmental Law. Environmental law brought her love for Nature and interest in law together. She has been involved in the Rights of Nature movement since 2017, and in 2019, she was recognized as an expert in Earth-centered Law for the United Nations Harmony with Nature Programme. She now works as a freelance consultant on various Rights of Nature projects and collaborates in partnership with multiple organizations striving towards similar goals. One of her most exciting projects is the development of a campaign for rights for river de Maas in the Netherlands. Towards that end, she has co-developed a traineeship on rights for river de Maas for students, the first of its kind.
EAY Advisor on Rights of Nature implementation
Katarina Hovden is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. Her Ph.D. work engages with ecological law and the rights of Nature movement. In particular, she is interested in exploring the potential for ecological worldviews to transform law and reconceive relationships.
Katarina is committed to advancing ideas and tools to acknowledge and protect the voices, agencies, and needs of all living beings in law and policy. This important task requires us not only to reconceive our laws and policies, but also to confront our societies, cultures, and values. Katarina holds degrees in law (University of Cambridge) and public international law (University of Amsterdam). She is a member of the United Nations Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network and a writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
EAY Advisor on Organizational Development
Elliot Connor is a young conservationist living in Sydney, Australia. He is also a skilled communicator, senior management executive, and policy strategist with experience across two dozen charitable organizations. His theory of change seeks to develop a model for mass individualism: empowering future leaders to find their potential, connecting the connectors, and generating grassroots impact globally.
From Quito, Ecuador to Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa to quiet Sydney suburbs Elliot brings his leadership acumen and systems thinking to bear on the most pressing issues of the 21st century.
Focal point for Rights of Rivers and other Water Bodies in EAY Board
Noémie is one intriguing chameleon, being French and Canadian with Spanish roots. She recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Public Law and Political Sciences, specializing in International Relations.
For 3 years, Noémie volunteered in WASH and Human Rights projects in Ghana, Zimbabwe, and the Dominican Republic. She has extensive knowledge of how the climate crisis is affecting the natural world, particularly from the perspective of water-related issues coupled with gender inequalities, peace, biodiversity, migration, and more. With this experience abroad, Noémie is now an Earth Charter Young Leader, a member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, and a Strategic partnerships Facilitator at the World Youth Parliament for Water.
In her spare time, she explores the mountains with her horse. Her dream is that all sacred rivers and lakes around the world are legally protected entities with their inherent rights recognized in human systems of law.
JULIA GILVAD RASMUSSEN
Chairperson of the EAY Board
Julia Gilvad Rasmussen has been part of Earth Advocacy Youth from its beginning. She believes in the insights and knowledge of youth as a transformational force and is eager to help open doors for their participation in global decision-making. Julia finished her LLM at Copenhagen University, where she dove into a lot of international environmental, climate, and rights law. She works with the notion that to change narratives in law and policy, it’s crucial to understand the current ones in their context - it’s never as easy as it looks.
Julia’s aim is to strengthen the purposefulness of the movement and help place all of Nature at the center of human governance systems and law. She also wants to do more to emphasize the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people as important stakeholders in the movement and push for intersectional approaches when confronting structures of power. Not doing so would be a complete contradiction.