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Human Rights and Extractive Industries: Protecting Rights, Empowering Communities and Promoting Sustainable Development


Human Rights and Extractive Industries: Protecting Rights, Empowering Communities and Promoting Sustainable DevelopmentForeign investment in extractive industry development is rapidly increasing. If managed well, such investment can create opportunities for sustainable development. If poorly managed, however, displacement, environmental degradation, destruction of ground waters, and loss of access to land and traditional mining sites can accompany devastating impacts on the livelihoods of local communities. Moreover, many communities have limited knowledge of their rights and minimal capacity to engage with companies or government. Panelists discussed effective strategies for protecting human rights, for empowering communities, and for promoting sustainable development in the context of large-scale extractive industry development.


Maria Koulouris (moderator). Africa Division Director, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
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John F. Sherman III, General Counsel and Senior Advisor, Shift Project

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Naomi Kinsella, ASEAN Program Director, ABA Rule of Law Initiative

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Marco Simons, Legal Director, Earth Rights International

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Question and Answer session

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