News & Events
- 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: Steven Donziger
Ecuador’s Supreme Court ordered Chevron to pay 9 billion $ to clean up 20 billion litres of toxic fluids that are still leaking into the Amazon rainforest. Instead of paying, Chevron counter-attacked. US lawyer Steven Donziger has been trying to get justice for 20+ years.
Keynote 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.
Keynote 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.
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
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.