Session details

IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C3.2, Convention Centre, Level 3

Session information

Environmental and health challenges in developing countries: legal frameworks and responses
Room C3.2, Convention Centre, Level 3

Committee(s)

Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee (Lead)
Human Rights Law Committee
Water Law Committee

Description

As the economies of developing countries grow and populations increasingly shift from rural to urban environments, significant environmental and health issues arise for the populations of these nations as well. From increased air pollution and access to clean water, to the harmful effects of climate change and resource development, there are challenging issues and doubts regarding whether the legal frameworks in these nations can develop as well as protect the population from these growing environmental and health challenges at times when countries prioritise economic growth over environmental considerations. This panel will discuss the leading environmental and health challenges in developing nations, where there are fundamental weaknesses in legal frameworks or enforcement mechanisms, and the lessons learned from around the world to implement legal protections for the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals to a clean environment.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Roberta Danelon Leonhardt Machado Meyer Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil; Vice Chair, Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee
Els Reynaers Kini M V Kini Law Firm, Mumbai, India; Senior Vice Chair, Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee

Speakers

Adriana Castro BLP, San Jose, Costa Rica
Werner Grau Neto Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil
Professor Andrew Hopkins Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Roger Martella General Electric, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Programme Officer, Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee
Shiju Mazhuvanchery Varghese TERI University, New Delhi, India
Professor Ibibia Lucky Worika University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria