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20 Jun 2022

Webinar series: Human Rights and Natural Resources

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An excavator works at an opencast manganese ore mine in Ukraine

Date & time: 29 June, 09:00 BST

Leigh Day International, Clean Trade and the Transnational Law Institute are pleased to invite you to our webinar series of panel talks on the human rights impacts of natural resource extraction and exploitation. Lawyers from Leigh Day will be joined by the Trustees of Clean Trade and a range of experts from the UK and abroad to discuss the issues and impacts arising from four case studies comprising different industries and locations in the Global South. This will be followed by a general panel session to discuss themes and issues arising from all four case studies.

Oil extraction in Nigeria | 09.00 -10.15 GMT
Discussion of the legal cases against Shell, parent company liability and developments in the law, and the impact on the Okpabi community.
• Dan Leader, Leigh Day, UK
• King Okpabi, Okpabi Community, Nigeria
• Channa Samkalden, Prakken D’Oliveira, Netherlands
• Mark Dummett, Amnesty International,

UK Cobalt mining in the DRC | 10.30 -11.45 GMT
The booming demand for cobalt is raising crucial questions about responsible sourcing, supply chain due diligence, child labour, workers’ rights abuses, environmental harm and corruption.
• Anneke Van Woudenberg, RAID, UK
• Richard Kent, Amnesty International, UK
• Josué Kashal, Legal Aid Centre Centre d’Aide Juridico-Judiciaire, DRC
• Fiona Lloyd Davis, Journalist and Film-maker, UK

Lead mining in Kabwe | 12.00 - 13.15 GMT
Discussion of the legal case from legal and business human rights perspectives as well as the impact on the communities in Kabwe.
• Richard Meeran, Leigh Day / Clean Trade, UK
• Barry Mulimba, Community Facilitator, Kabwe, Zambia
• Peter Frankental, Amnesty International, UK
• Stephan Bose-O´Reilly, University Hospital Munich

Deforestation in the Amazon | 14.15 - 15.30 GMT
Discussion of deforestation and environmental harm in the Amazon and how agri-business impacts the local land and communities; key players in the supply chain and the impacts and options for affected communities.
• Octavio Ferraz, Transnational Law Institute / Clean Trade, UK
• Caio Borges, Instituto Clima e Sociedade, Brazil
• Elisângela Mendonça, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism / Rainforest Investigations Network, Pulitzer Center, UK

General session | 15.45 - 17.00 GMT
A general session at the end to discuss themes and issues which are relevant across each of the four case studies.
• Leif Wenar, Stanford University / Clean Trade, USA
• Marcos Orellana, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights, USA
• Edward Craven, Matrix Chambers, UK.
• David Kinley, University of Sydney, Australia

RSVP by 24 June

Event Details

Start date
29 Jun 2022
Start time
9 a.m.
Leigh Day International, Clean Trade and the Transnational Law Institute

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