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Summer school in Riga, Latvia

This intensive study program took place from the 26th of May to the 2nd of June at the Riga Graduate School of Law, in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The summer school involved the testing and evaluation of courses and associated instructional materials for the two courses: "Business and Natural Resources Rights" and "Global Environment Litigation". French, Latvian and Finnish students from the three partner universities participated.

from May 26, 2019 to June 2, 2019

From the 26th of May to the 2nd of June 2019
Riga, Latvia
French, Latvian and Finnish students from the three partner universities participated in two courses that were created within the project:
  • "Business and Natural Resources Rights" and
  • "Global Environment Litigation"


Programme:

Sunday, 26 May
Arrival to Riga

Monday, 27 May
09:00 - 09:30
Introduction & Project Overview

09:30 - 11:30
Rights to Land and Natural Resources: Indigenous Peoples' Rights (Definitions of Terms, UNDRIP, ILO 169, ICCPR, CRC and other relevant International Standards and Case Law). Lecturer: Gudmundur Alfredsson (RGSL)

11:30 - 11:45
Break

11:45 - 13:00
Seminar: Shell/Ogoni case study. Presentations by: Patrick Jacob (UVSQ), Sandrine Clavel (UVSQ), Gudmundur Alfredsson (RGSL), Ilze Dubava (RGSL), Ilari Hovila (UL) and Prof. Joshua Castellino (guest speaker)

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch

14:00 - 16:00
Seminar cont.: Shell/Ogoni case: Business Law confronted with Environmental Law and Human Rights

Tuesday, 28 May
09:00 - 10:45
Environmental Litigation, Indigenous Peoples and Multinational Corporations: Overview of the Available Procedural Options. Lecturers: Patrick Jacob (UVSQ) and Sandrine Clavel (UVSQ)

10:45 - 11:00
Break

11:00 - 13:00
Contribution of the Regional Human Rights Courts. Lecturer: Ineta Ziemele (RGSL)

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch

14:00 - 16:00
Seminar: Human Rights in support of the protection of the Environment? The case of Indigenous Peoples. Presentations by: Gudmundur Alfredsson (RGSL), Patrick Jacob/Sandrine Clavel (UVSQ) and Ilari Hovila (UL)

Wednesday, 29 May
09:00 - 10:45
Indigenous Peoples facing MNC: How can NGOs contribute? What Other Means Can Be Employed? Lecturers: Gudmundur Alfredsson (RGSL), Patrick Jacob (UVSQ), Sandrine Clavel (UVSQ) and Prof. Joshua Castellino (guest speaker).

10:45 - 11:00
Break

11:00 - 13:00
Jurisdiction and admissibility issues. Lecturer: Patrick Jacob (UVSQ)

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch

14:00 - 16:00
Interaction between Investment Laws, Business and Access to Natural Resources. Lecturer: Ilze Dubava (RGSL)

Thursday, 30 May
09:00 - 10:45
Human Rights and Business (Global Compact, UN Guiding Principles), with a focus on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples' Rights. Lecturer: George Ulrich (RGSL)

10:45 - 11:00
Break

11:00 - 13:00
Procedure-Related Issues: Claims and Counter-Claims, Taking and Administration of Evidence, Amicus Curiae, Publicity v. Confidentiality, etc. Lecturer: Sandrine Clavel (UVSQ)

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch

14:00 - 15:30
Seminar: Sami rights in Finland: Challenges Faced by the Traditional Livelihoods practiced by the Saami. Presentations by: Tanja Joona (UL), Patrick Jacob (UVSQ), Sandrine Clavel (UVSQ) and Gudmundur Alfredsson (RGSL)

Friday, 31 May
09:00 - 10:45
Rights to Land and Natural Resources: Free, Prior and Inofrmed Consent and Environmental Concerns. Lecturer: Gudmundur Alfredsson (RGSL)

10:45 - 11:00
Break

11:00 - 13:00
Settlements and decisions: available remedies, review procedures, effectiveness, implementation. Lecturers: Patrick Jacob (UVSQ) and Sandrine Clavel (UVSQ)

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch

14:00 - 16:00
Visit to the Livonian Institute

Saturday, 1 June
10:00 - 12:00
Conclusions

12:00 - 13:00
Lunch

13:00 - 16:00
Evaluations: short paper presentations

Sunday, 2 June
Free day

Monday, 3 June
Departure from the Riga airport