Environmental Dispute Resolution and Small States Conference - Day 1

Thursday 6 September 2018

Disputes and small states 

In need, in trouble, in strength 

Law and science join

- Prof Ilan Kelman

“We all know the problem, we all know the causes, we all know the solutions. All that is left would be some political courage, some political guts to get out and tell the people of your country, ‘Do this, this, this, or there is certainty of disaster’”

The quote of the Samoan Prime Minister, the Hon Tuilaepa Sailele, to a Sydney audience at the end of August, captured the theme of the Environmental Dispute Resolution and Small States Conference, which was held on 6 and 7 September 2018, at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London. Even though the conference focused on the different avenues to resolve (international) environmental disputes especially in and with small states, environmental science and environmental politics provided the background to that discussion.

To read a summary of Environmental Dispute Resolution cases click here

To read the full conference summary click here

To read the full agenda click here


KEYNOTE PANEL: SETTING THE SCENE


Welcome - Steven Finizio, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, London (Click here to access the PowerPoint slides)

Moderator: Sir David Baragwanath, KNZM QC (Click here to access his notes)

Eden Charles, former Ambassador at Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations
Teleiai Dr Lalotoa Mulitalo, Executive Director, Samoa Law Reform Commission (Click here for access to the PowerPoint slides)
Elisabeth Mrema, Director, United Nations Environment Programme

 Steven Finizio

Steven Finizio

 Eden Charles

Eden Charles

 Elisabeth Mrema

Elisabeth Mrema

 Sir David Baragwanath

Sir David Baragwanath

 Teleiai Dr Lalotoa Mulitalo

Teleiai Dr Lalotoa Mulitalo

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Chair and Commentator: Dr Ilan Kelman, Professor, University College London

Penehuro Lefale, Director at LeA International, Wellington—Climate Science (Click here to access the PowerPoint slides)
Dr Johanne Fischer, Expert International Fisheries Management & former Executive Secretary, South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation—Biodiversity (Click here to access the PowerPoint slides)
José Rafael Mata Dona, Arbitrator in independent practice, Brussels—Preliminary Draft Convention on the use of Blockchain to Boost Climate Action

 Jose Rafael Mata Dona

Jose Rafael Mata Dona

 Dr Johanne Fischer

Dr Johanne Fischer

 Penehuro Lefale

Penehuro Lefale


KEYNOTE - EVIDENCE AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Lord Carnwath, Justice of The Supreme Court, United Kingdom

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PROCEDURE AND SUBSTANCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Chair: Catherine Iorns, Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

Stuart Bruce, Senior Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London—Corporate Governance and the Environment
Monica Feria Tinta, Barrister, 20 Essex Street, London—Redressing Environmental Harm in International Dispute Resolution (Click here to access the PowerPoint slides)
Dr Orsolya Toth, Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham—Amicus Curia—A Light in the Tunnel of International Dispute Resolution for Small States (Click here for access to the PowerPoint slides)
Dr Alejandra Torres Camprubi, Foley Hoag, Paris—Dispute Resolution and Sinking Island States

 

From left: Stuart Bruce, Lord Carnwath, Monica Feria-Tinta, Alejandra Torres Camprubi, Dr Orsolya Toth, Catherine Iorns

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SCIENCE, EVIDENCE & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Chair and Commentator: Jonathan Lim, Senior Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London

Steven Finizio, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, London
Elisabeth Mrema, Director, United Nations Environment Programme (pictured here)
Alberto Costi, Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

 Elisabeth Mrema

Elisabeth Mrema

 from left: Elisabeth Mrema, Alberto Costi, Jonathan Lim, Steven Finizio

from left: Elisabeth Mrema, Alberto Costi, Jonathan Lim, Steven Finizio

 Alberto Costi AND Jonathan Lim

Alberto Costi AND Jonathan Lim