Resource Extraction and the Human Rights of Women and Girls

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM to Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 12:30 PM
University of Ottawa, Canada
Private Event: CIGI Sponsored
Oct 26

Participation in this event is by invitation only

This two and a half day event is co-sponsored by the International Law Research Program (ILRP) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and will contribute positioning Canada as a global leader on resource extraction, gender and human rights. It will bring together industry and government representatives, civil society experts, an interdisciplinary group of scholars and students and other members of the public to consider law and policy options and reform based on ideas and questions that emerge from a two-day conference on resource extraction and the rights of women and girls that will be held at the University of Ottawa. 

Participants will share their knowledge and research on this issue, as well as brainstorm about how to integrate a gender perspective into international and domestic laws, policies and standards that govern Canadian and global large-scale resource extraction companies. The intent is to ensure their practices respect the rights of, and, where possible, empower, women and girls.

Please note that the policy meeting on Day 3 will take place under the Chatham House Rule. Participants are not obliged to speak and there will be no attribution of any participant’s comments in any future report of the meeting.

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed: rule#sthash.Df84X0vS.dpuf

Event Speakers

Christina Gray is a senior research associate with the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

Patrícia Galvão Ferreira is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. While at CIGI, she will research the evolution of transnational regulatory initiatives to address climate change and examine how Canada can contribute to promote compliance among emerging economies with large emissions.

Risa Schwartz is a sole practitioner, focusing on international law and the intersections between trade and investment law, environmental law and Indigenous rights. Risa formerly worked as a senior research fellow at CIGI, as counsel to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario and the Ministry of the Environment, and as a legal officer at the WTO.

Sara Seck has been a CIGI senior fellow since May 2015. She is researching the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change.