Camila Bustos is Term Law Clerk to Justice Steven D. Ecker of the Connecticut Supreme Court and an Associate in Human Rights Practice at the University Network for Human Rights. She received her JD at Yale Law School, where she worked at the intersection of human rights and climate change. She has been a member of the Environmental Protection Clinic and the Rule of Law Clinic, where she has worked supporting climate change litigation in the United States. She has also worked as a legal intern at Climate Litigation Network and Earthrights International.
Prior to law school, Camila worked on fossil fuel divestment and state-level climate change legislation. In college, she was keen to critique and address the lack of diversity in environmental spaces, pushing for the inclusion of environmental justice in the curriculum. When visiting Colombia to study the human rights impacts of coal extraction and the country’s foreign position on climate change for her undergraduate thesis, Camila realized she wanted to return to her home country after graduation. As a researcher at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia), Camila explored climate-induced displacement and the threat that populist governments pose to human rights advocates around the world. She was also a plaintiff and part of a team who won a groundbreaking lawsuit against the Colombian government for failing to meet its deforestation targets.
Camila obtained a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Brown University. She is also a 2019 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. After law school, Camila hopes to continue working on climate change litigation and policy, focusing on holding corporations and national governments accountable to their human rights obligations.
Fellow at a Glance
Justice Steven D. Ecker of the Connecticut Supreme Court
Environmental Policy & Law