Our Team

The Climate Litigation Accelerator (CLX) has a three-tier structure. Its first tier comprises the core team – lawyers, scholars, and researchers who undertake CLX’s day-to-day activities. The second tier is made up of partner organizations working on climate litigation and legal actions in different regions. And the global Community of Practice constitutes the third tier. This Community of Practice includes individuals and organizations from around the world who are actively involved in climate change and human rights litigation, legal actions, research, and advocacy.


Core Team


Arpitha Kodiveri

Arpitha Kodiveri received her Doctoral degree in law from the European University Institute as a Hans Kelsen Fellow. At CLX, she focuses regionally on the Asia-Pacific and topically on loss and damage and anti-authoritarianism. She has previously practiced as an environmental lawyer in India, supporting forest-dwelling communities. She has an LLM from UC Berkeley, where she was a Fulbright Nehru Fellow, and a BSL LLB from ILS Law College, Pune.


Carlos Andrés Baquero-Díaz

Carlos Andrés Baquero-Díaz is a Research Assistant at CLX and a JSD student at New York University School of Law. At CLX, his research has been on the rights of nature, property rights, and environmental protection. He has an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU Law, where he was a Hauser Global Scholar and the 2019 recipient of the Jerome Lipper Award. He also has a J.D. and a B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Prior to joining CLX and starting his JSD, Carlos Andrés worked at Dejusticia, the Center for the Study of the Law, the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment, and the Comunidad de Juristas Akubadaura.


César Rodríguez-Garavito

César Rodríguez-Garavito is the Founding Director of the Climate Litigation Accelerator. He is also a Professor of Clinical Law and Chair and Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law as well as a human rights and environmental justice scholar and practitioner whose interests focus on global governance, climate change, socioeconomic rights, business and human rights, and the human rights movement. César additionally serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Open Global Rights and has been a strategy advisor to leading international and domestic human rights organizations in different parts of the world.


Jacqueline Gallant

Jacqueline Gallant is a Litigation Associate at the Climate Litigation Accelerator (CLX). At CLX, she works as a generalist, covering projects from all around the world and on a diverse set of topics, from human rights and climate change to the rights of nature to rights-based biodiversity litigation. She has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University.


Melina De Bona

Melina De Bona is a Litigation Associate at the Climate Litigation Accelerator (CLX). At CLX, she focuses regionally on Latin America and the Caribbean and topically on corporate accountability. She has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining CLX, she spent a year working for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specializing in international arbitration, white-collar crime investigations, and sustainability.