Renée Gift is a lawyer from Trinidad & Tobago and Legal Researcher at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL). She holds an LL.M in Natural Resources and Environmental Law from Lewis and Clark Law School, Oregon, and an LL.B. from the University of the West Indies, Barbados. Renée has worked on legal matters advocating for the expansion of the rights of private individuals to bring citizen suits against the local environmental regulator, increased public consultation in permitting applications, and increased enforcement of environmental standards by local regulators, and also provides pro-bono assistance to local non-profit environmental groups. In 2008, she interned at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Washington, D.C. where she worked on issues concerning adaptive management in the regulation of international fisheries. In 2009, Renée completed a Coral Reef Crime Scene Investigation training programme held by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) on investigation, data-collection and assessment skills to respond to natural resource impact events. She speaks English and French and enjoys kitesurfing, tennis and hiking.