Trade and Sustainable Development

Our 2010 Conference addressed public interest law from a commercial perspective with a specific focus upon trading and sustainable development of companies.

Conference Summary

The first morning session centred closely around trade and sustainable development with talks from Rufus Yerxa, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, and Professor Geert Van Calster of the University of K.U Leuven, who was also a lead lawyer at DLA Piper.

Following a coffee break Colleen Theron, Director of CLT Envirolaw and Legal Consultant at LexisNexis PSL, discussed the legal challenges to sustainable trading. The following talk gave this a degree of context as Francesco Sindico, Lecturer at the University of Surrey and Deputy Director of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group, discussed the interaction of climate and trade in the aftermath of the Copenhagen Accord.

After lunch Professor Johanna Gibson, the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute addressed the interaction between intellectual property law and climate change.

Between 3.00pm and 4.00pm three workshops ran simultaneously offering opportunity for specialisation: Krystyna Swiderska, Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development, explored tensions in the negotiating process of the CBD’s international regime on access and benefit-sharing; Duncan Brack, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House Deforestation, discussed climate change and forest governance; and Tom Picken, International Climate Campaigner for Friends of the Earth, addressed carbon trading.

Three further workshops were run together between 4.00pm and 5.00pm: Green Party Councillor Ricky Knight considered public participation and environmental awareness; Ben Bundock, Corporate Transparency Officer at ClientEarth, looked at environmental and social issues linked to transparency and company law; and Kath Dalmeny, Policy Director at Sustain Food, talked about the way in which products are labelled.

The final academic component of the 2010 Conference was a panel discussion entitled ‘Carbon Trading: inequality in the carbon market’. The panel was constituted of Malcolm Dowden (solicitor at LexisNexis Legal), Tim Baines (Senior Advisor to the Climate and Clean Energy department of Norton Rose), M. J. Mace (Environmental Law Consultant), and Tom Picken (International Climate Campaigner for Friends of the Earth).

To end the day there was opportunity for further discussion at a drinks reception for speakers and attendees.

Our Thanks

We wish to thank the speakers who gave up their time to make the 2010 Conference such a success.

We should also like to thank the following organisations who offered financial assistance:

Friends of the Earth
Environmental Law Foundation
Resurgence
University of Kent
Gaia Foundation
The Wholeleaf Co.
Capacity Global

Our Committee

The 2010 Conference was organised and run by the following individuals:

Deborah Vittori Co-Chair
Danielle Andrade Co-Chair
Kristina Marx Secretary
Ryan Verzosa Treasurer
Ibenaku Onoh, Amanda Byer, Danielle Andrade Programme Co-Ordinators
Esther De Raymaeker, Aideen McMohan Sponsorship Co-ordinators
Frances Aldson, Victoria Taylor, Deborah Vittori, Marcus Goffe Publicity Officers
Patrick Toussaint, Tamara Toolsie Food Officers
Omowumni Huthman Stalls Officer
Nid Satjipanon General Support

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