Fred Ole Ikayo is the LLM Fellow in the Environmental Justice Clinic. He is a LLM, Environmental Law ‘23 candidate, and hold a Bachelor of Laws degree from Tumaini University Makumira (Tanzania) and a Diploma of Law from Mount Kenya University (Kenya). He previously worked with a law firm in Arusha, and ALAPA, an NGO advocating for indigenous pastoralist rights and hunter-gatherer communities.
Fred is from the Maasai Tribe, an indigenous and semi-nomadic ethnic group in Tanzania. As a child, he learned the importance of ancestral land, and experienced environmental degradation. He experienced and saw how his community faced serious human rights violations inflicted on them by companies and government authorities. These experiences drove Fred to pursue an LLM in environmental law to better advocate for his community and the voiceless in similar situations.
At the EJC, Fred co-teaches and works on cases addressing industrial agriculture, supports work with Environmental Justice communities in Vermont and researches state, national, and international environmental justice laws and policies. Fred is currently writing a research paper focused on the right to food in his community.