DEBATE INVITATION AT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL STUDIES, The Hague, Netherlands
By Letty Fajardo Vera; submitted 17 October 2018
ENTITLED: Justice for Whom in Recent Chevron-Ecuador Decision by Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration?
On Thursday 25th October from 17:00 – 19:00 hours
At The Institute of Social Studies, Kortenaerkade 12, 2518 AX Den Haag
Four Ecuadorian Courts have condemned Chevron for its responsibility for oil pollution in the Amazon, including the Ecuadorean Constitutional Court in July 2018 in a landmark case for environmental justice.
However on August 30 2018, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague under the “investment state dispute settlement mechanism” ordered the State of Ecuador not to enforce its judgment against Chevron.
Instead, the Hague Court imposed a penalty on Ecuador. This decision infringes not only the human rights of the victims, but also heavily affects the sovereignty of the Ecuadorian State and the status of its Constitution.
This event highlights the nature and impact of environmental crimes perpetrated by Chevron on the Amazon’s indigenous peoples in Ecuador. It also examines the dynamics and functioning of national and international legal instruments on crimes by transnational corporations. In particular, it focuses on the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, a key international site of international investor-state arbitration.
How does it operate?
Who are the judges?
How are its judgments reached?
Why are trade and investment agreements prioritized over national, regional and international human rights laws?
Is this what “The Hague the City of Justice” is all about?
What can we do about this?
Ms. Roeline Knottnerus, SOMO-TNI. Trade & Investment Policy Advisor. She will focus on why the rights of investors appear to override all other legislation and whether we can reset this imbalance through a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights.
Mr. Justino Piaguaje, Leader of the Siekopai Indigenous People and Member of the Executive Board of the UDAPT (Union of the Affected People by Chevron-Texaco).
Mr. Pablo Fajardo Mendoza, Lead Lawyer for the UDAPT (Union of the Affected People by Chevron-Texaco) on the Chevron Case. He will explain how International Arbitration Tribunals are a danger to the sovereignty of the peoples.
Schedule of the event: 17:00- 19:00 pm
Welcome to ISS: Teyo van der Schoot, Human Rights Senior Advisor (3 minutes)
Moderator: Siobhán Airey, Research Fellow, University College Dublin & TNI
Translator: Anna Berti Suman, Environmental & Health Law Researcher, Tilburg Law School.
Section 1 – Ms. Roeline Knottnerus, SOMO-TNI. (10-15 minutes)
Mr. Pablo Fajardo Mendoza, Lead Lawyer UDAPT. (10-15 minutes)
Mr. Justino Piaguaje, Leader of the Siekopai Indigenous people. (10-15 minutes)
We strive to make this part a dynamic discussion that sees active participation from both panelists and audience regarding the discussed topics.
Section 2 – Questions and answers
Section 3 – Wrap-up, Letty Fajardo Vera (2- minutes)
Organized by: @UDAPT @iss.nl @StopCorporateImpunity