Annaïg Nicol, Intern - Environmental Rights & Governance
Annaïg joined Living Law in November 2019 as an intern in our Environmental Rights & Governance project and is motivated by the need to ensure a safe, clean and healthy environment for present and future generations in line with Earth Trusteeship principles. She advocates the need for all actors in societies to cooperate collectively - Governments, non-Governmental actors and the private sector - to address the inter-locking ecological crises. At the same time, she stresses the importance of developing tailored solutions recognising different cultures and traditions, legal systems and economic contexts.
Annaïg has a long-standing interest in sustainable development and the importance of the rule of law to realise it. She is currently completing a post-graduate degree in Global Environmental Law and Governance (LLM) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Her academic interests include also law relating to energy transition, as well as the marine environment. Having grown up in a coastal region of France harmed by plastic and oil activities, she became aware at a very early age of the necessity to protect marine ecosystems.
Prior to commencing her internship with Living Law, Annaïg graduated with a master degree in International Public Law from the University of Law Sorbonne, Paris. During this time, she completed her thesis on State responsibility for environmental crime. This offered her an opportunity to analyse the relationship between human and environmental rights, as well as to consider progressive cases around Nature Rights.
During her studies in France, she volunteered with several associations to apply her legal and practical expertise. This included promoting the protection of endangered species, as well as activities to increase recycling practices (she even took part in the promotion of cleaner marathons in Paris!). Through these and other activities she gained insights into the real-world impact and application of government policies in the environmental field for communities afflicted by pollution and other environmental harms. This perspective of grass-roots/real-world application remains a central guide for all her work, as well as the equity dimensions of environmental harm.
Annaïg believes in the power of communication - to discuss environmental challenges, promote awareness of them and identify optimal solutions and actions. She is also interested in the opportunities 'restorative justice' may afford for the environmental field also in the context of Nature Rights.
She advocates the power of every person to influence legal development and policy (across national, regional and international levels) and of the importance of upholding the first principle of equality before the law and access to environmental justice to help realise the Sustainable Development Goals.