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Jocelyn Medallo

Jocelyn Medallo is a Senior Attorney* in our People, Land & Resources Program, where she focuses on international financial institutions, accountability mechanisms, and human rights.  Prior to joining CIEL in 2013, Jocelyn worked in Cambodia for Equitable Cambodia, a local NGO.  In her capacity as Legal Advisor, she advocated on human rights issues related to land and forced evictions and in particular, supported affected communities displaced by an Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded railway rehabilitation project.  She led a research team in documenting the resettlement impacts of that project; co-authored Derailed, a report exposing these impacts; assisted affected communities in filing complaints to the project grievance mechanism; and ultimately supported these communities in filing a complaint to the ADB's independent accountability mechanism.  Jocelyn also supported a team in providing community legal education trainings on land issues.  Finally, while in Cambodia, she conducted research on governance and transparency issues related to the country's burgeoning extractive industry for the Revenue Watch Institute. 

Jocelyn has lived and worked in Thailand, where she assisted urban refugees in the refugee status determination process before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Previously, Jocelyn worked as an attorney at a national law firm's Portland, Oregon office, during which time she took on civil rights litigation as a Cooperating Attorney for the ACLU of Oregon. She holds a Juris Doctorate, with an emphasis in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, from Lewis & Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon.  She is licensed to practice law in Oregon.

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*Jocelyn Medallo is not currently admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.


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CIEL uses and strengthens international environmental law through the conservation of biological diversity, mitigation of climate change, protection of endangered species, and the control and elimination of toxic chemicals.

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