News: ALF Annual Seminar: The Environment and International Law

What environmental challenges does the world face today? How can (international) law and policy react to these challenges? What types of environmental crimes are there, and how can these be countered? Should ecocide become an international crime, and what would ecocide then entail?

During ALF's annual seminar 2017 these questions and more will be discussed in two moderated panel discussions including a range of professionals from the field, specialised in these topics from multiple disciplines.
Panel 1 on 'Environmental Crimes and Ecocide' contains representatives from the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Advisory Committee to the Monsanto Tribunal and an Assistant Professor from KU Leuven. This panel shall discuss environmental crimes, challenges for prevention and prosecution and ecocide.
Panel 2 on 'Climate Change and Sustainability' contains representatives from Greenpeace, Urgenda Foundation and JustLaw. This panel shall discuss climate change and sustainability challenges and reactions from legal and policy perspectives.
The student pitch panel contains a number of students from various disciplines who have written a paper or thesis on a topic related to the seminar.

The panels will be moderated by Professor Wim Huisman, professor of criminology at the Vrije Univerisiteit Amsterdam. Dr. Huisman is specialised, among others, in white-collar crime, corporate involvement in international crimes and environmental crimes.

Location: Agora 1, Main Building (Hoofdgebouw), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Time: 13:00 - 17:00 (with drinks and networking after the event).

Coffee and tea will be provided for in the break. Drinks and snacks will be available after the event.

Registration and attendance is free, however due to limited seating we would greatly appreciate it if you could register for the seminar by sending an email to info@amsterdamlawforum

Time schedule:

12:45-13:00 Doors open

13:00-13:30 Welcome and opening by ALF Editor in Chief and opening statement by professor Wim Huisman

13:30-14:30 Panel 1: Environmental Crimes and Ecocide

- Kirsten Meersschaert from the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (Ecocide as a potential international crime under the Rome Statute)

- Mindi Schneider from the Advisory Committee to the Monsanto Tribunal (Prosecuting environmental corporate crime at the Monsanto Tribunal)

- Sandra Rousseau from KU Leuven (Economic sanctions for environmental crimes)

- Pauline Verheij from the Wildlife Justice Commission (on the work of the WJC in general and on wildlife traficking in particular)


14:30-15:00 Break

15:00-15:45 Student Pitch Session

- Audrey Crasson (MSc. International Crimes and Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Znar Agha (LLM. Law and Politics of International Security, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Karin Brummelhuis (MSc. Global Criminology, Utrecht University
- Elodie Theobald (LLM. Public International Law, Utrecht University / Junior Strategic Partnership Officer at Wildlife Justice Commission)

16:00-17:00 Panel 2: Climate Change and Sustainability

- Kees Kodde from Greenpeace (Trade agreements and environmental challenges)

- Dennis van Berkel from the Urgenda Foundation (the Urgenda case)

- Jan van de Venis from JustLaw (Human Rights and Sustainability)

17:00 - ... Reception and drinks

Hope to see you there!