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Access to Justice and Extractive Industries

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Published on Mar 14, 2014

Speakers: Aidan Davy, Richard Meeran, Juan Pablo Sáenz, Jake White
Chair: Dr Veerle Heyvaert

Recorded on 13 March 2014 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

A panel of international legal and industry experts discuss the fraught world of environmental justice, human rights, minerals and mining and explain why it should be of concern to us all. The EJOLT project (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade) will also launch its global map of environmental (in)justice.

Aidan Davy is deputy president and senior program director at the International Council for Mining and Minerals (ICMM). Aidan has extensive experience with sustainable development and social responsibility issues, with a strong emphasis on the extractive industries. He has worked as an independent consultant for a range of multi-lateral/bilateral and private sector clients on many of the emerging challenges for the sector.

Richard Meeran is a partner at Leigh Day & Co. Richard pioneered claims against UK-based multinationals, Cape PLC for 7,500 South African asbestos victims and Thor Chemicals for South African workers poisoned by mercury. Since 2004, Richard has worked with South African NGOs & gold miners on silicosis claims against Anglo American, and with Tanzanian villagers in a claim against African Barrick Gold.

Juan Pablo Sáenz is a representative of the Amazon Defense Coalition and founding partner of Fromboliere Abogados. The ADC secured one of the largest judicial victories in environmental litigation history, which saw Chevron ordered to pay $9.5 billion in damages to remediate profound environmental, social and health impacts caused by its operations in Ecuador.

Jake White is a environmental lawyer at Friends of the Earth. Jake has worked for Britain's Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Energy & Climate Change, designing a legislative structure to ensure waste and clean-up are paid for by operators. At FoE he works on climate and energy, in particular fracking which has involved working closely with local communities.

This event is supported by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and the EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade) Project.

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