Corporate accountability for sustainable development
Presented by: Litigation Commission; Commercial Fraud Commission
DATE & TIME
Thursday, 5 September
14:00 – 16:00
Fernandes room; Level B-C (-2 floor)
Large corporations hold more powers than most states and account for a large part of the human activity effects on public health and the environment. But should they be held liable for harming our planet? Judging by the growing wave of climate and environmental litigation cases against corporations, it seems that this is the case. Pressure mounts on businesses to deliver more concrete actions against the threat of climate change and damages to public health.
The session organised by the Litigation and Commercial Fraud commissions will look at key trends in climate change litigation. It will start by two mock trials with realistic cases, the first one on civil liability of car manufacturers for global warming and the second one on criminal liability of energy trading companies for environmental harm. They will be followed by an armchair discussion on corporate liability with respect to public health and the environment, with a focus on practical experiences.
Introduction – Cinzia Catelli, Bär & Karrer (Switzerland) and James Le Gallais, Stewarts (UK)
Mock trial #1
Civil case: Should car manufacturers be liable for global warming?
Chair: Cinzia Catelli, Bär & Karrer (Switzerland)
Judge: Benjamin Wilson, Holland & Knight LLP (US)
Vote by the public
Mock trial #2
Criminal case: Should energy trading companies be criminally liable for local environment damages related to energy extraction?
Prosecutor and defence lawyer:
Chair: Nicolas Herren, Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law (Switzerland)
Judge: Thomas Ricard, JP Karsenty & Associés (France)
Discussion on corporate liability with respect to public health and environment with a focus on practical experiences.
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