Melinda Janki is an international lawyer and co-founder, with Benny Wenda, of the International Lawyers for West Papua. Her published study ‘West Papua and the Right to Self-determination under International Law’ is the foundational legal text for Papuan self-determination. It has been translated into Bahasa and distributed within Indonesia by the Papuan peoples.
Melinda has provided advice to international financial institutions including the World Bank, UNDP, FAO, USAID, and the IADB as well as international companies, government ministers and indigenous peoples. She has published articles on access to justice, self-determination, Amerindian land rights, protected areas, REDD+, property rights, and water law.