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Lauren Nishimura is an environmental and human rights law attorney with over a decade of legal experience in public and private sector settings in the United States and Southeast Asia. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford and a Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School. Her research focuses on migration, climate change adaptation, and public international law. She is a co-founder of the Oxford Climate Migration Network and has published on climate change migration, displacement, and human rights. In 2017-18, she also completed consultancies with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Platform on Disaster Displacement, including producing a comprehensive study on migration, climate change, and human rights that was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council. Prior to beginning her doctoral research, Lauren spent two years in Myanmar and Thailand, where she worked as an attorney with EarthRights International (full time) and the International Commission of Jurists (as a consultant). From 2006-2013, she was a litigator in the United States, with a focus on environmental law and renewable energy. During this time, she also represented asylum clients during the affirmative process or while facing removal proceedings. She holds an MSt in International Human Rights Law from Oxford, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to practice in California.
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