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Nov 18 2022

Braun Symposium : Environmental Justice and Human Rights in the Americas and the Caribbean

Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Sympsium

November 18, 2022

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST

Location

S1210

Address

300 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60604

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Explore the connection between environmental justice and human rights in the Americas and the Caribbean at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law’s 27th annual Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium.

This year's theme, Environmental Justice and Human Rights in the Americas and the Caribbean, will examine the recognition of the human right to a healthy environment, and the protection of environmental human rights in the Americas and the Caribbean.

The hybrid event will feature both virtual and in-person panelist who will delve into different ways advocates have engaged in environmental human rights advocacy through Inter-American Human Rights litigation and with the Escazú Agreement.

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Program Schedule:

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks

  • 1:00 p.m. Welcome to Braun –Dean Nicky Boothe
  • 1:10 p.m. History of Braun Memorial Symposium –Joseph D. Ament
  • 1:20 p.m. Opening Remarks: Environmental Justice and Human Rights in the Americas and the Caribbean –Professor Sarah Dávila A.

1:30-2:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Professor John Knox, former United Nations Special Rapporteur: The right to a healthy, clean and sustainable environment.

2:40-4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: What is happening regionally in the Americas and Caribbean

  • Professor Francisco Rivera Juaristi, Professor and Director, International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University School of Law- Overview of Inter-American System and history/development of environmental human rights cases in the Inter-American System, including landmark decisions.
  • Professor Thomas Antkowiak, Professor of Law and Director of International Human Rights Clinic at Seattle University School of Law- Discussion of indigenous rights and defenders cases, with concrete examples of past and current litigation of cases.
  • Danielle Andrade, Attorney at Law and Partner at Goffe Law –Discussion of Escazú Agreement, the process of engaging in the treaty-making process, ratification, and role as public representative. What is the Escazú Agreement, its importance, what will continue happening, etc.
  • Britton Schwartz, Deputy Director, International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University School of Law–Discussion on how the Escazú Agreement is compatible with Inter-American System (discuss Toolkit collaboration) from environmental justice lawyer perspective
  • Moderator: Professor Sarah Dávila A.

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:00-4:30 p.m. Meet-and-Greet for watch party

 

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Contact

UIC Law

Date posted

Oct 13, 2022

Date updated

Nov 14, 2022