Jan van de Venis

Deputy Chair

Jan van de Venis is the acting Dutch Ombudsperson for Future Generations at the Lab for Future Generations. He has been vice chair of the global Network of Institutions for Future Generations since 2016 and is owner of law firm JustLaw. His practice concentrates on human rights and law in relation to sustainable development.

Jan chairs the board of Stand Up For Your Rights and is a board member of other NGOs. He has worked with UN human rights bodies on environment and future generations and has been a special guest lecturer on human rights at several universities, institutes like Nyenrode and Clingendael and UN bodies, including UNESCO and UNITAR, for well over a decade.

Jan is involved as advisor to multiple lawsuits, campaigns and initiatives on human rights and a healthy environment, Rights of Nature and on institutionalizing the interests and rights of Future Generations. He is the author of several publications these themes, also in relation to Corporate Social Responsibility.

His passion for getting humanity back in balance with nature shows from his work as President of the Dutch National Park Dunes of Texel. He is Vice Chair of the Dutch National Parks Association. Jan is a TEDx speaker and recognized ‘UN Harmony with Nature expert’ on earth centered law.