International Program

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50 California St., Ste. 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 217-2000

Media Inquiries

Kathryn McGrath
Public Affairs and Communications Strategist
(202) 516-6932

Legal Assistance Inquiries

Contacto de Prensa

Robert Valencia
Estratega de Comunicaciones y Asuntos PĂşblicos Hispanos/Latinos
(212) 845-7376

Who We Are

The International Program partners with organizations and communities around the world to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment and public health. See bar admissions for our attorneys.

Sadhana AbayasekaraSenior Attorney

Natalie BarefootSenior Attorney

Sarah BurtDeputy Managing Attorney

Anna CederstavLatin America Program Manager / Co-Executive Director of AIDA

Danika DesaiSenior Associate Attorney

Peter HarrisonSenior Attorney

Jacob KopasSenior Attorney

Jessica LawrenceStaff Scientist

Mae ManupipatpongSenior Associate Attorney

Lisa NessanLegal Practice Manager

Leonardo OrsiniLegal Practice Administrator

Ramin PejanSenior Attorney

Erika RosenthalSenior Attorney

Danny ThiemannSenior Attorney

Lauren WitheyStaff Scientist

Our Impact

Like the environment itself, Earthjustice’s work transcends national borders.

Since 1991, our International Program has been partnering with organizations and communities around the world to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment and human health. Learn about some of the places where we work around the world.

We were one of the first organizations to advocate for the international right of all people to a healthy and sustainable environment, a principle that remains at the heart of our work today.

We are also guided by our commitment to ending systems and practices that result in environmental harms, including the burdens of the fossil fuel economy falling disproportionately on Indigenous peoples and low-income communities in the Global South.

To end the many harms of fossil fuel consumption, we collaborate with partners to catalyze the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy in key places like Australia, Indonesia, Latin America, and South Africa. Together, we oppose fossil fuel production and consumption where those activities cause the greatest harm, challenge barriers to renewable energy, accelerate the global transition to clean energy, and increase access to low-cost clean energy for all.

We’re also building international partnerships to protect highly migratory ocean wildlife from increasing — and unsustainable — human activity, including overfishing. In particular, we focus on defending marine predators, such as sharks, which are essential to healthy ocean ecosystems.

Highlights of our work include:


  • Already one of the world’s largest exporters of coal and gas, Australia’s government aims to dramatically increase its exports of fossil fuels. In collaboration with Environmental Justice Australia and Environmental Defenders Office, we’re pushing back by fighting coal mines, coal plants, and toxic coal-ash dumps. We’re also helping defend the human rights of Australia’s Indigenous groups, who bear much of the burden of Australia’s fossil fuel extraction.
  • Together with our Australian partners, we’re using international law to pressure Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to protect human rights and magnificent natural treasures such as the Great Barrier Reef.


  • As one of the world’s largest coal producers, the Indonesian government is fighting to expand its fleet of coal fired-power plants. Together with our partners, Indonesian Center for Environmental Law and the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, we’re working to level the economic playing field for clean energy, protect human health from coal-ash pollution, defend environmental safeguards that are under attack, and strengthen legislation to support renewable energy.

Latin America

  • Together with our long-standing partner the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, we’re working to challenge the expansion of fracking in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as large-scale mining in Colombia, and the closure of coal plants in Chile. We’re also supporting clean energy in Mexico, Chile, and Brazil.


  • Together with the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and others, we’re challenging proposed coal and gas-fired power plants in South Africa — and using the power of the law to force the government to protect the health of thousands who live next to coal mines, coal plants, and toxic coal ash dumps. We’re also supporting several South African cities working to adopt and defend renewable energy programs.
  • Collaborating with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and progressive national electricity regulators, we’re providing legal assistance to vanguard cities and nations to promote the transition to clean energy. We’re also working to expand this work across Africa.

The Ocean Ecosystem

  • We’re working to develop partnerships across the globe to protect vulnerable species and strengthen international provisions in U.S. fisheries management laws to improve shark conservation.

Recent News
July 10, 2024 In the News: Alaska Public Media

As a mining project moves ahead, Southeast Alaska tribes say Canada denies their human rights

Ramin Pejan, Attorney, International Program: “I think if we interpret Desautel, it’s very clear from the evidence we’ve submitted that we meet the threshold legal test for recognizing SEITC and its tribes as protected under the Canadian Constitution.”

The Unuk River in Alaska in the spring.
June 12, 2024 Press Release

Alaska, Washington Tribes condemn BC’s flawed consultation policy

New and diminished engagement with U.S. Tribes violates Provincial law

June 5, 2024 Press Release

Earthjustice Urges DOE to Include Exports Through Mexico in LNG Export Analysis

Shifting LNG exports to Mexico does not eliminate pollution and environmental justice concerns