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Event Marc Pallemaerts Memorial Conference on Human Rights and the Environment

The conference is being organised under the auspices of ECOSPHERE (European Centre on Sustainable Policies on Human and Environmental Rights), and the Belgian Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and the Environment.

The conference will start by reviewing some of Marc’s major accomplishments with many of the people with whom Marc worked during his career. We will then discuss the Aarhus Convention – its successes and the challenges still ahead in achieving the vision of Marc and its other drafters. The final session will take a broader look at the field of human rights and the environment.

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Period 04/05/2015
Event location Fondation Universitaire Rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels
Host ECOSPHERE (European Centre on Sustainable Policies on Human and Environmental Rights) and the Belgian Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and the Environment
Event URL https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S_kn2CkmVHIuVxFGfnJ-nfNuqaLTRBZ9Yd_Uzd9k4Ao/viewform
Contact person Gretta Goldenman
g.goldenman@milieu.be

Speakers

Session 1: Marc and his work - linking Human Rights and Environmental protection

Abou Thiam, Coordinator, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Africa, and Professor, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar

Christian Vanden Bilcke, Directorate on Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs

Peter Wittoeck, Head of Climate Change Unit, Belgian Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and the Environment

Baskut Tuncak, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), and UNHCR Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of hazardous substances and wastes

Sessions 2-3: The Aarhus Convention: Successes and Challenges

Prof. Dr. Luc Lavrysen, Judge in the Belgian Constitutional Court and President of the EU Forum Judges for the Environment

Prof. Jerzy Jendroska, Opole University, Jendroska Jerzmanski Bar & Partners, Environmental Law Centre, Wroclaw, Poland

Magdalena Bar, Jendroska Jerzmanski Bar & Partners, Environmental Law Centre, Wroclaw, Poland

Dr. Ludwig Kramer, Derecho y Medio Ambiente, Madrid, and Client Earth

Yves Lador, Earthjustice Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva

Katrien Debeuckelaere, Ruimte Vlaanderen, Legal and Policy Development Department

Session 4: Challenges applying a Rights-based Approach to the Environment

Prof. Nicolas de Sadeleer, Jean Monnet Chair, Saint Louis University, Brussels

Prof. Bandi Gyula, Pázmany Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary

Esther Pozo Vera, DG Environment, European Commission

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