Katharina is a researcher with the Environment and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch where her current work is focusing on human rights violations in the context of climate change and environmental health. Katharina has carried out research and advocacy on a number of human rights issues, including the impact of climate change on access to water, food, and health of indigenous peoples in Kenya and the rights of women living in communities affected by coal mining in Malawi. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she also researched economic, social, and cultural rights more broadly with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. Her experience also includes collaborating with human rights lawyers and communities affected by extractive industries in Haiti, the protection of human rights defenders in the Inter-American human rights system, litigation and advocacy seeking accountability from the U.N. for its role in Haiti’s cholera outbreak, and advising members of the German Parliament on human rights and international law issues. Katharina holds a law degree from the University of Goettingen School of Law and graduated from New York University School of Law with an LL.M in International Legal Studies. Katharina speaks English, German, French, Spanish, and some Haitian Creole.
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