I am a lawyer, mother, lover of the Earth. I studied international and constitutional law at the Free University in Amsterdam and worked as a researcher in these fields at the University of Amsterdam. After watching Polly Higgins TED Talk in 2013 and meeting J. Kim Wright, I knew I had found my tribe in the Integrative Law Movement. I am an expert at the United Nations Harmony with Nature-network, volunteered with Polly Higgins to make Ecocide the fifth crime against peace and worked as the spokesperson and legal counsel for IUCN NL's project Defending Environmental Defenders. I am also a member of the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics.
My writings focus on ecocide and the emerging ecocentrism in law, restorative approaches to environmental conflicts, interviews with environmental justice advocates and the protection of environmental defenders. My TED Talk gives a good summary of why I work on these themes, and what unites them.