Legal Unit

About Us

Background - 1 April, 2016
Greenpeace International's Legal Unit engages in causing, mitigating and resolving legal trouble.

Causing: proactive litigation against environmental destruction.
Mitigating: advising on smart risk taking.
Resolving: using human rights (freedom of expression) arguments to help justify Greenpeace activities in courts of law.

We share legal knowledge with other lawyers who work for the independent Greenpeace organisations across the globe - this includes environmental law and freedom of expression cases involving Greenpeace activists or organisations.

Jasper Teulings  

Jasper Teulings

General Counsel / advocaat

Jasper is Greenpeace International’s chief legal officer and the head of the Legal Unit. He advises on all legal aspects of campaigning, with particular focus on freedom of expression, and provides strategic legal advice to Greenpeace International’s senior management team. He represents Greenpeace International in international meetings and NGO committees. Before joining Greenpeace, Jasper built up over 10 years’ experience working at private law firms specialising in media law. Jasper studied law at University of Amsterdam and University of Kent at Canterbury, and has been registered with the Dutch Bar since 1994. He also serves on the (Supervisory) Boards of Earthrights International and SOMO.

Email:
Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/jasperteulings

 

Kristin Casper  

Kristin Casper

Legal Counsel Campaigns & Actions

Seconded to Greenpeace Canada, working on Global Climate Justice and Liability Project

Kristin advises on international environmental law and legal aspects of campaigning in the areas of climate change, energy, toxics, water and forests related issues. She specialises in climate law. She is currently serving as litigation counsel for the global climate justice and liability project. Prior to coming to Greenpeace International, she campaigned on climate change and other environmental issues for over 15 years. Kristin is a registered attorney with the Colorado Bar and holds a Foreign Legal Consultant Permit with the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law.

Email:
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristincasper

 

Charlie Holt  

Charlie Holt

Legal Counsel Campaigns & Actions

Charlie advises the Climate & Energy, Forests and Detox campaigns. Prior to joining the Legal Unit at Greenpeace International he worked as a legal consultant in Somaliland, where he worked with government ministries and state institutions to build up the territory's justice sector in line with international human rights standards. Charlie is a member of the Bar of England & Wales and holds an LL.M. degree in international human rights law.

Email:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-holt

 

Michelle Argueta   

Michelle Jonker-Argueta

Legal Counsel Campaigns & Actions

Michelle advises the Arctic & Oil, Oceans and Food campaigns. Prior to joining Greenpeace International, Michelle worked in international human rights, international criminal law and asylum law. She also has experience in EU competition law. Michelle is an attorney registered in the New York Bar and holds a Juris Doctor/ from Yale Law School. She is also a Dutch lawyer.

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Eef Verkade  

Eef Verkade

Legal Counsel Organisation / advocaat

Eef advises on contracts, intellectual property, governance, employment and strategic organisational legal issues. Before joining the Legal Unit at Greenpeace International in 2008, she worked at a private law firm, advising and litigating on a range of national and international civil law matters including torts, company law and commercial contracts. Eef has been a registered member of the Dutch Bar since 2000.

Email:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eefverkade

 

Liz Kool  

Liz Kool

Associate Legal Counsel Organisation

Liz advises on governance, strategic organisational legal issues, labour law, major contracts and intellectual property. She joined Greenpeace International in August 2011. Before joining Greenpeace International she worked for the Netherlands Red Cross on the dissemination of International Humanitarian Law. Liz holds an LL.M. degree in Public International Law and an LL.B. degree in Dutch Law, both obtained at the University of Leiden.

Email:
LinkedIn: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/elisabethkool

 

Richard Harvey  

Richard Harvey

Legal Counsel Campaigns & Actions

Richard advises Climate & Energy, Forests and Detox campaigns. He assists on strategies to resist government interference and corporate SLAPP suits. He is a barrister (England & Wales, 1971) and also practised at the New York Bar (1982-2000). Over four decades his practice has focused on major human rights litigation, environmental justice, domestic and international criminal law, and post-conflict resolution. He served as lead counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2007-2014. He is a member of Garden Court Chambers, London.

E-mail:
LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/richard-harvey-1b788557

 

Daniel Simons  

Daniel Simons

Legal Counsel Communications

Daniel advises on freedom of expression and media law-related issues, including defamation, parody and protection of sources. He re-joined the Legal Unit in 2017, after a previous stint of 8 years as legal counsel campaigns & actions. His other experience includes working as a legal officer at Article 19, the global campaign for freedom of expression, and as legal officer freedom of assembly, expression and information at the Open Society Justice Initiative. Daniel holds degrees in law from the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University. He has been a member of the Bar of New York since 2005 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Article 20 Network. He is based at the offices of Greenpeace Nordic in Copenhagen.

E-mail:
LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/daniel-simons-296a131

 

Karianne Bruning  

Karianne Bruning

Legal Co-ordinator Campaigns & Actions

Karianne assists in the preparation of legal risk assessments, keeps track of all relevant litigation, is in charge of knowledge management and provides general administrative and logistic support. Karianne also acts as liaison between the organisation and internal and external legal networks and is a central contact for all legal enquiries from Greenpeace International staff, Greenpeace NROs and external organisations. Karianne has over 10 years' experience as a legal and management assistant and holds an LL.B. degree in Dutch law and an LL.M. degree in International and European law.

E-mail:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kariannebruning

 

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