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November 17, 2016
The Power of Law. Making companies accountable


This evening we investigate how laws can be used in favour of corporate accountability and environmental justice. How can victims of industrial pollution get compensation?


Three senior environmental lawyers with a proven track record in corporate accountability will share key insights over drinks and canapés. Art will be auctioned for a good cause. REGISTER by buying your TICKET (green button at the top right)


When: Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CET)
Where: Thon Hotel, Aarlenstraat 81, 1000 Brussel - View Map


These three keynote speakers have already confirmed their presence:

  Keynote 1: Marie-laure guislain

  As Head of Litigation for French legal association Sherpa's 'Globalisation and   Human Rights' programme, Marie-Laure Guislain works on litigation concerning  various environmental crimes by transnational companies. She will expose the Chevron case in the Ecuadorian Amazon in relation to access to justice and CSR international instruments.

Peter De SmedtKeynote 2: Peter De Smedt

A 2016 verdict by the Constitutional Court of Belgium opened the door to make polluters pay a lot more than the symbolic euro for damage to the environment. Belgian lawyer Peter De Smedt, who won a case at the Constitutional Court, will explain how the prevailing practice of only paying the symbolic euro hurts the environment and what the alternatives are.


SophieKeynote 3: Sophie Yule-Bennett

Sophie Yule-Bennett is Senior Legal Advisor to the Law and Governance Cluster from the European Climate Foundation. Sophie made use of EU energy markets regulation and competition law to hold polluters and governments to account on environmental failings. She will talk from her experience in a court case that attacks unlawful fossil fuel subsidies.

REGISTER  by  buying  your  TICKET

Donations from this event go to Ecuadorean lawyers who are defending the local communities in Ecuador who still suffer from Chevron's legacy. You can also MAKE  A  GIFT if you are not able to participate.


This event is organised by:


European Environmental Bureau, the largest federation of environmental NGOs in Europe



In partnership with:


The crowd versus, a non-profit platform for crowdfunding for environmental justice campaigns

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The Club of Rome, a global think tank where scientists, economists, enterpreneurs, high level civil servants and former heads of state from around the world share concerns about the future of humanity.

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