SOAS University of London

Corporate evasion of international environmental and human rights law: the case of Trafigura and toxic waste dumping in Cote d’Ivoire

Ms Audrey Gaughran (Amnesty International)

Date: 6 March 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 6 March 2013Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4421

Type of Event: Seminar

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

On August 20, 2006 people of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, woke to find that foul-smelling, toxic waste had been dumped in their city. Amnesty International and Greenpeace Netherlands conducted a three-year investigation into the dumping, the events that led to it, and the action taken in response to the dumping. It is a story of corporate crime, human rights abuses and the failures of multiple governments to act to protect people and the environment from companies bent on making profit with scant regard for the human or environmental costs.

Audrey Gaughran has been Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International's International Secretariat since April 2010. She has previously worked for the International Secretariat as Director of Research, Head of the Business and Human Rights Unit and as a researcher in Amnesty’s Africa Programme, where she worked on a range of countries including Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Prior to joining Amnesty International in 2003, Audrey held a variety of posts in non-governmental organizations and the UN, focusing primarily on human rights, environmental protection and socio-economic development. Originally trained as a journalist, she has a diploma in Development Studies, a BSc in Biology, a postgraduate diploma in environmental management from the Open University, and an MA in Human Rights from University College London.

Organiser: Virginie Rouas

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