Natalie Jones is a researcher, advocate, and qualified lawyer from Aotearoa New Zealand with a background in communications, campaigning, and organising. She believes that the climate crisis must be combated from all possible angles, including through law, policy, politics, the financial system, and grassroots activism, and has spent the last 6 years immersed in these various approaches to the problem.
Currently a PhD student in international law at Trinity College, Cambridge, Natalie is writing her thesis on inclusive global governance and participation rights. She maintains broad research interests including in climate change litigation, renewable energy, comparative environmental law, waste regulation, the rights of future generations, and critical international legal history.
Alongside her research, Natalie is a Writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB). In this capacity, she has attended 10+ UN negotiations, including on climate change, biodiversity, oceans, and wetlands.
Natalie co-founded and formerly coordinated the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Future Generations, a cross-party group of UK Parliamentarians aiming to raise the profile of issues affecting future generations and start a conversation on how to adequately represent future generations in Parliament.
She was a New Zealand youth delegate to the UN climate talks in 2013-2015 (COPs 19, 20 and 21), and volunteered with Generation Zero over a similar time frame. Natalie is also a founding member of the Trinity Responsible Investment Society, and in 2016 co-convened Positive Investment Cambridge – both student societies aiming to create a fairer future through finance.
Natalie currently teaches human rights law and international environmental law at the University of Cambridge, and previously taught EU environmental law.
Natalie graduated with an LLM in international law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (First Class), and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in physics) both from the University of Canterbury. She previously worked as a judges’ clerk in the High Court of New Zealand, and has completed shorter stints at the Climate Litigation Network, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defence, the New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office, and a commercial law firm.