Reia Anquet

Reia Anquet is an English Lecturer (PRCE) at Sciences Po Grenoble, where she teaches English for special purposes on Bachelor’s and Master’s courses, as well as lecture content-based courses on Australian Identity, and Environmental Policy and Knowledge. She is a PhD candidate, under the supervision of Professor Susanne Berthier-Foglar (Université Grenoble-Alpes), and Professors Benjamin Richardson and Marcus Haward (University of Tasmania, Australia). Her thesis topic investigates the interplays between common law, legislation, public policy; and the opportunities for participation of Indigenous Peoples’ in environmental governance in Australia.

Dr Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte


Dr. Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte has long practiced as an environmental lawyer focusing on the rights of Indigenous and local communities to their territories and cultures. He pioneered the development and application of Biocultural Community Protocols, conceived to enable Indigenous populations to engage on their own terms with external actors. Dr. Bavikatte was for several years the legal advisor to the African Group of countries through their negotiations under the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He has advised the governments of South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia, India, Bhutan, Micronesia and Palau on developing environmental law and policy with a focus on community rights. He is the author of the book Stewarding the Earth: Rethinking Property and the Emergence of Biocultural Rights, an important work that traces the ark of community land stewardship. Until recently he was the Executive Director of the Christensen Fund, a Bay Area based private foundation backing the rights of Indigenous Peoples globally.

Dr Miranda Forsyth


Miranda Forsyth is an Associate Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and Pacific at ANU. Prior to coming to ANU, Miranda was a senior lecturer in criminal law at the law school of the University of the South Pacific, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Miranda is the author of A Bird that Flies with Two Wings: Kastom and State Justice Systems in Vanuatu (2009) ANU Press and co-author of Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small island Developing States, Intersentia 2015.
The central analytical question animating Miranda’s scholarship is: How can people’s diverse justice needs be best met in contexts of multiple legal and normative orders? Her geographical focus has been primarily in the Pacific Islands region, particularly Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. She has investigated this central question through a number of different projects, including the relationships between state and kastom justice in Vanuatu; a pluralistic approach to the regulation of intellectual property in the Pacific Islands; the potential of restorative justice for the region; the promise and challenges of community rule-making; and overcoming sorcery accusation related violence in Papua New Guinea. Miranda draws creatively upon theories and methodological approaches from the disciplines of law, anthropology and criminology to address these questions, working in close partnerships with Pacific islands researchers and research institutions.

Dr Christine Frison


Christine carried out legal studies in France and England, and obtained a complimentary Master in public international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
She specialised in international environmental law by working both as a consultant for international institutions (UN-related) and national governments, as well as a legal research fellow at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Montréal (Canada, based at McGill University). She defended her joint-PhD entitled Towards Redesigning a Global Seed Commons both at UCLouvain and KU Leuven (Belgium, under the co-supervision of professors Tom Dedeurwaerdere, Olivier De Schutter and Geertrui Van Overwalle), which analyses the intellectual property rights and collective action implications of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Christine currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO, 2017-2020) and is part of the “Government & Law Research Group” of the University of Antwerp Law Faculty. She teaches “International and European Environmental Law” at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and part of the “Advanced course on International Sustainable Development Law” at the University of Antwerp (2018-2019).
Her publication list culminates with her latest books published by Routledge:
Redesigning the Global Seed Commons. Law and Policy for Agrobiodiversity and Food Security, 1st Edition 2019, Christine Frison.
The Commons, Plant Breeding and Agricultural Research. Challenges for Food Security and Agrobiodiversity, 1st Edition 2018, edited by Fabien Girard and Christine Frison.
Besides her personal research project, Christine is involved in several international or European projects and networks (Global Alliance for the Future of Food, LPTransition, Bioculturalis, etc.)
Christine speaks fluent French, English, Italian and is learning Dutch.

Dr Fabien Girard


Fabien Girard is an Associate Professor (tenured) at the Faculty of Law, Université Grenoble Alpes in France, where he teaches legal philosophy, agrobiodiversity and the law, and comparative law.
Between 2011 and 2013, he was appointed as a Project Manager to the Haut Conseil des Biotechnologies in Paris (France), where he worked on industrial property, plant biotechnology, and farmers seed networks.
While on secondment at the Maison Française d’Oxford (MFO – Oxford, UK) from 2014 to 2016, he conducted a research programme on “Theory of Law and Legal Anthropology”. As part of that responsibility, he organised several conferences and workshops on legal and political philosophy, as well as on the international governance of biodiversity. He has written extensively on the connections between biotechnology, plant innovation and industrial property, as well as on formal and informal seed systems and crop genetic diversity.
His last co-edited book, The Commons, Plant Breeding and Agricultural Research. Challenges for food security and agrobiodiversity (with Christine Frison), appeared in 2018 with Routledge.

Dr Garrett Graddy-Lovelace

Born and raised in a farming family and community in Kentucky, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace is now Associate Professor at American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC, where she researches and teaches agricultural policy and agrarian politics. Her forthcoming book, The Power of Seeds & Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity (MIT), explores crop diversity conservation, governance, movements, and regeneration. Through community-partnered research methodology, Graddy-Lovelace traces the colonial origins and decolonial potential of farm and seed policies. As coPI of an NSF-SESYNC Pursuit on agrobiodiversity and food security/sovereignty, she leads the practitioner-collaboration intercultural shared analysis: “(Agrobio)Diverse Pathways to Nourishment: A Research & Policy Guidebook”.

Dr Ingrid Hall


Ingrid Hall is an Associate Professor of anthropology at the University of Montréal and an associate member of the Governance, Risk, Environment and Development unit at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in France. Trained as an agricultural engineer, she specialises in environmental anthropology and political ecology. She conducts fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes where she has been working on the common property in shaping a community after the agrarian reform of 1969. She is currently studying the politics of biodiversity conservation of different landraces of potatoes bringing together local, national, and international scales. She recently co-edited a volume on Savoirs locaux en situation. Retour sur une notion plurielle et dynamique with F. Verdeaux and B. Moizo (2009, Quae/IRD).

Lesle Jansen

Lesle Jansen is Director of Natural Justice’s Cape Town Hub and is also the Director of the Governance of Lands & Natural Resources Programme. She is an indigenous lawyer from South Africa, from the Khoi-khoi community, who specialises in indigenous peoples’ rights and Access and Benefit-sharing. She has been integral to the conclusion of the first industry-wide Access and Benefit-sharing agreement for rooibos.
Before joining Natural Justice, Lesle worked as a legal consultant with the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia as part of their Lands, Environment & Development Project. She holds a Master’s degree in Indigenous Peoples in International Law from the University of Arizona (USA). She completed a second Master’s degree in the Rule of Law for Development from Loyola University (Chicago) in Rome, Italy, where she now serves as an external supervisor. She was appointed as an indigenous expert member to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ special mechanism called, the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa. She is also a consultant to the law firm Chennels Albertyn Inc.

Dr Manohisoa Rakotondrabe

Manohisoa Rakotondrabe holds a PhD in agronomy and environmental sciences, and specialises in agro-management and regional sustainable development. She has solid research experience in natural resource management and governance, environmental justice, conservation related conflicts, forest tenure, and payments for ecosystem services.
She currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the Bioculturalis project (Biocultural Heritage, justice and legal pluralism), based at the Faculty of Law of the University of Grenoble, and works on the sociolegal implications of biocultural community protocols, conducting fieldwork in local communities in Madagascar and in Benin.

Pia Marchegiani

Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Argentina); Environmental Policy Director, FARN (Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), Argentina
Pía Marchegiani holds a Law Degree from the University of Buenos Aires (2005) and a Master in Social Sciences from the Global Studies Programme granted jointly by the University of Freiburg, Germany and the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa (2010). She is currently a PhD candidate at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Argentina), the Environmental Policy Director at FARN and, since 2011, a lecturer at the Environmental Law Legal Clinic run by FARN and the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires. She works to support communities assert their rights in the context of lithium mining.

Pia Marchegiani, Elisa Morgera & Louisa Parks (2019): Indigenous peoples’rights to natural resources in Argentina: the challenges of impact assessment, consent and fair andequitable benefit-sharing in cases of lithium mining, The International Journal of Human Rights,DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2019.1677617

Dr Louisa Parks


Associate Professor of Political Sociology, School of International Studies and Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy.
Louisa Parks is the author of Benefit-sharing in environmental governance: local experiences of a global concept, published in 2020 by Routledge, and a former research fellow of the BeneLex project on benefit-sharing in global environmental law. She has published articles on community protocols, the discursive spaces for indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ views in the Convention on Biological Diversity, and their participation in the Convention on Biological Diversity. Her past research has focused on transnational social movements, civil society, and the impacts of campaigning in the European Union.

Dr Margaret Raven

Dr Margaret Raven is a UNSW Scientia Fellow. She is also a Chief Investigator with Daniel Robinson on the 5-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP180100507): Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge (2018-2022).
Margaret is a geographer with research interests related to protocols, biodiversity conservation and Indigenous knowledge, organisational forms and practices, food security/justice, and Indigenous and human rights. She has 20 years’ experience working on Indigenous knowledge related to biological resources and biodiversity conservation, Indigenous research (rights, health care and ageing), and food policy and food security.

Professor Daniel F. Robinson


Daniel Robinson is a Professor in the Environment and Society Group at UNSW. He is also an Academic Lead for the Pacific, for the UNSW Institute for Global Development (IGD). Daniel is currently the Pacific Regional Manager of the Access and Benefit-Sharing Capacity Development Initiative, which has a 5-year project implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the Pacific from 2017 to 2021 (see: Daniel is also Chief Investigator with Dr Margaret Raven on the 5-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP180100507): Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge (2018-2022).
Daniel has a background in human geography, environmental science and environmental law. Daniel’s research focuses on the regulation of nature and knowledge. His papers and books cover themes including “biopiracy”, access and benefit-sharing relating to biological resources, appropriation and regulation of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous/customary laws and biocultural protocols, ethical biotrade, political ecology, environmental policy and management.

Tom Suchanandan

Currently, he has left his Doctoral studies in abeyance due to the unavailability of appropriate supervisors.  The study investigates the impact of Intellectual Property Rights Protection from an Indigenous Knowledge System perspective.
He was also a member of the South African delegation to COP8 and COP10 (Nagoya Protocol). Together with the International Cooperation (DEA), he drafted the South African position on Access and Benefit Sharing. He represented the country on behalf of the former Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in Montreal on Article 8(j) of Convention on Biodiversity, as well as in Peru in November 2002 on Benefit Sharing in Mega-diverse countries.  He was part of the team that drafted the Cusco Declaration.
Deputy co-chaired the Working Group on Genetic Resources and associated Traditional Knowledge at the World Intellectual Property Rights Organisation in Geneva (Switzerland) in 2011, he facilitated, in 2012, the drafting of the text which will lead to a Treaty on this issue.
Currently he holds the position of Director of Advocacy and Policy Development at the Department of Science and Technology.
In the context of the above he has played an important role in coordinating the South African position at World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) particularly on the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC).   He has been instrumental in mobilising the African support on the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expression and genetic resources through the African Union which culminated in the African Group position on Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources in Geneva, May 2010.  The African Group position was anchored on documents prepared in Durban in 2008 which South Africa hosted. His skills and competency were equally recognized by likeminded countries when he was nominated to chair in July 2011, in Bali (Indonesia), the working group on Genetic Resources associated with Traditional Knowledge that developed a position which was submitted to the WIPO. In July 2011, his expertise on intellectual property was recognised by member states of the IGC whereby, he was appointed as a vice chairperson of the working Group on Genetic Resources.  In April 2012 he was nominated at the 20th session of the IGC as one of three facilitators (South Africa, India, and Australia) that developed the draft Treaty on Genetic Resources associated Traditional Knowledge which was submitted to the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in September 2012.  In addition to the above, he was appointed as a facilitator that drafted the Bali text on genetic resources which was submitted as one of the key documents of the 20th session of the IGC.  Collectively these appointments are an honour to South Africa but importantly give esteem to South Africa’s participation in the WIPO processes.
Perhaps worthy of interest is that he was chiefly responsible in drafting Chapter six of the National Environmental Biodiversity Act of 2004, and contributed significantly to the Access and Benefit Sharing Regulations of 2009. Importantly, he was one of the South African negotiators on the Nagoya Protocol in Japan 2010.
Regarding further intellectual property submissions, he has project managed the drafting of the Indigenous Knowledge Act, No 6 of 2019.

Dr Giulia Sajeva


In January 2020, Giulia Sajeva commenced a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship on Rights for Ecosystem Services: a framework to protect the environment and sustainable local communities in the EU communities to conduct research at Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, at the University of Strathclyde. Under the supervision of Prof. Elisa Morgera, Giulia will aim at developing a theoretical and legal framework – labelled Rights for Ecosystems Services (RES) (echoing the highly debated Payment for Ecosystem Services framework) – to guide policy and legal developments towards reducing the risk of local communities abandoning their sustainable practices due to the lack of effective protection.
Giulia holds a PhD in human rights, obtained with a thesis in legal theory on biocultural rights. She collaborated with the NGO Natural Justice: lawyers for communities and the environment and worked with the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens’ Conventions and Policies Section, researching on the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on the International Trade on Endangered Species, and on Ethical Guidelines for research with indigenous peoples.
She was the Vice-President of the Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group of the Society of Conservation Biology, which works on the intersection between religions and environmental protection, and is now an honorary member of the ICCA Consortium, for which she recently co-compiled Meanings and more… ICCA Consortium Policy Brief no.7.
Giulia has Master in Conservation Science (Imperial College London), a Master in Global Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy (Università degli Studi di Genova), a PhD in human rights from the Law Department of the Università degli Studi di Palermo, and a Bachelor of Art in Political Sciences and International Relations from the Università degli Studi di Palermo. She recently published her first book When Rights Embrace Responsibilities. Biocultural Rights and the Conservation of Environment with Oxford University Press.

Krystyna Swiderska


Krystyna Swiderska is a Principal Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development and a PhD candidate at Coventry University. She has been a researcher at IIED for 25 years and has published widely on protecting traditional knowledge, indigenous peoples’ rights, biocultural heritage, community protocols and ABS. Together with Southern research and indigenous partners she developed the concept of “collective biocultural heritage” as a holistic framework for protecting traditional knowledge. Her PhD is focusing on the Potato Park biocultural heritage territory and how it can be adapted to other contexts within Peru and in Kenya, India and China.

Dr Brendan Tobin


Brendan Tobin, who holds dual Irish and Peruvian citizenship, is an Ashoka fellow and adjunct lecturer with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. A barrister by training, he has over the past 25 years worked as an activist, consultant and academic, on issues of environmental law, intellectual property and human rights, around the world. In the early 1990s he promoted initial proposals for systems of disclosure of origin and certificates of origin of genetic resources and traditional knowledge, and in 2000 he co-chaired final negotiations leading to the adoption of the Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing at the Convention on Biological Diversity. He has published widely on issues of access and benefit-sharing, protection of traditional knowledge and customary law, including a recent monograph: Indigenous Peoples, Customary law and Human Rights – Why Living Law Matters (Routledge, 2014). He is currently working on issues of natural resource exploitation and cultural genocide.