Ellen Campbell

MA (UBC Okanagan), JD Candidate (UVic)

Law Student

Ellen Campbell (they/them/theirs) is a white settler legal advocate and videographer on Lək̓ʷəŋən territory working on the special projects team at Ng Ariss Fong.

Ellen’s SSHRC-funded Master’s culminated in a thesis criticizing racism and colonialism in conservation and animal law enforcement by nonprofits, which drew from their experiences working and volunteering with two animal/conservation organizations. They are currently completing the last stages of coursework for the J.D. program, concentration in environmental law and sustainability, and have also done Aquatic Animal Law coursework through Lewis & Clarke Law School’s animal law program. Upon graduation, they will be working with the Indigenous Law Research Unit and Environmental Law Centre, and continuing their work on special projects at Ng Ariss Fong.

Their past work and volunteer experience includes legal research and videography for Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture, Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals, the BC SPCA, and four Indigenous law and local government law-focused research projects at the Environmental Law Centre. They are a member of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies and the Animals & Society Research Initiative. Most recently, they have presented at the Building Abolition (2019), Sustainable Livelihoods & Climate Change Regulation (2019), and National Animal Law (2019) conferences on centering Indigenous legal orders and challenging colonialism in animal, environmental, and sustainable development law. Ellen speaks English and intermediate French.