Suzanne Spears to speak at a Symposium on Investors’ Obligations in International Law at the University of Geneva

Founder and Principal Suzanne Spears will speak on the panel, Investor Obligations: Human Rights, at a Symposium on Investors’ Obligations in International Law at the University of Geneva, this Friday, 17 May. She will discuss Human Rights & Climate Change – a topic of particular relevance given the growing number of investor-State arbitrations about climate change and measures taken by States to mitigate its effects on human rights.

Suzanne will be joined on the panel by Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue from the University of Geneva, and Mohit Khubchandani of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, who will discuss socio-political obligations and labour standards respectively. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Elena Cima, also from the University of Geneva.

The Symposium is hosted by the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, WilmerHale and ALG LLP, and feature expert practitioners, diplomats and academics. It will open with “The Great Debate – The Pro and Contra Position – Investor Obligations in International Law?” between Ambassador Mario Oyarzábal, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Member of the International Law Commission and Jackson Shaw Kern, Partner at ALG LLP, and moderated by Professor Martins Paparinskis, University College London and Member of the International Law Commission.

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Suzanne Spears to speak on a panel discussing human rights, ESG and civil society in investment arbitration at Paris Arbitration Week 2024

Founder & Principal Suzanne Spears will speak on a panel on human rights, ESG and civil society in investment arbitration on 18 March, as part of Paris Arbitration Week 2024.

The panel will explore whether the re-balancing between investor rights/obligations and host State rights/obligations, as a result of ESG and civil society concerns gaining prominence within investment arbitration, is simply an illusion or a substantial transformation.

The panel will further discuss the effectiveness of this re-balancing, contending whether it may hinder rather than foster the attraction and retention of foreign investment in host States.

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Suzanne Spears to speak at an event focusing on ‘ESG: Legal Considerations for a Sustainable Built Environment’ organised by the UCL Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Founder & Principal Suzanne Spears will speak at the event, ‘ESG: Legal Considerations for a Sustainable Built Environment’, hosted by the UCL Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, on 27 February 2024.

The event will bring together multidisciplinary academic and legal expertise to debate key trends and topics surrounding ESG regulation and some of the most high profile current disputes.

Suzanne will specifically discuss the links between climate change and human rights, while her fellow panel experts will examine issues including professional negligence and diversity, and climate clauses in construction project contracts.

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Suzanne Spears to speak at Legal Action Worldwide’s roundtable, ‘Atrocity Crimes Litigation: Justice on the Frontlines’

Paxus LLP is pleased to support its pro bono client and partner, Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), at its roundtable, ‘Atrocity Crimes Litigation: Justice on the Frontlines’, hosted by Allen & Overy on 8 February 2024. 

Founder & Principal Suzanne Spears will lead the panel alongside Antonia Mulvey, Founder & CEO of LAW, and Simon Black, its Board Director. 

The event will highlight LAW’s important strategic litigation work and the ways other lawyers can get involved, and will bring together those interested in collaborating on impactful human rights litigation.

Follow the link here to learn more about LAW’s work. 

Suzanne Spears to speak at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights on the implementation of the UNGPs within the context of the pharmaceutical industry

Founder & Principal Suzanne Spears will speak on a panel on 29 November at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, discussing the implementation of the UNGPs in the context of the pharmaceutical industry.

The session will explore the role of the pharmaceutical industry in ensuring access to the right to health, and the potential positive outcomes that could arise from human rights due diligence in the industry.

It will explore key challenges, such as accessibility and affordability of medicines, and key lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on vaccine distribution, safeguarding labor rights, and the pivotal role of pharmaceutical businesses.

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Suzanne Spears to speak at the at the interactive workshop ‘ACICA Practice & Procedures toolkit: Cutting edge tools for timely, cost effective and fair arbitral proceedings’

Founder & Principal Suzanne Spears will speak at the interactive workshop ‘ACICA Practice & Procedures toolkit: Cutting edge tools for timely, cost effective and fair arbitral proceedings’, hosted by Clifford Chance, on 12 October 2023.

The interactive workshop session will work through ACICA’s toolkit of best practice for each stage of the arbitration lifecycle, considering a ‘real world’ scenario involving a complex contract with supply chain implications.

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Suzanne Spears to speak on a panel discussing climate issues at the intersection of law and politics at Australian Arbitration Week 2023

Founder & Principal Suzanne Spears will speak on a panel on climate issues at the intersection of law and politics on 10 October, as part of Australian Arbitration Week 2023.

Hosted by Twenty Essex and Allen & Overy (Perth), the panel will examine how law and politics overlap in global and domestic efforts to coherently address the defining 21st century issue of climate change. It will consider different aspects of the evolving political, regulatory and legal landscape, especially as it pertains to dispute resolution lawyers.

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Suzanne Spears chaired a panel on environmental, social and governance at Australian Arbitration Week 2023

Founder & Principal Suzanne Spears chaired the panel ‘Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG): Corporate Responsibility or State Responsibility?’ at the Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia (Ciarb Australia) International Arbitration Conference 2023 on 9 October in Perth, Australia. 

The theme of this year’s Conference is “Following a Black Swan: Transformative thinking and what comes next for International Arbitration“.

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Suzanne Spears to speak on the ‘Energy Transition: Green and Just’ panel at the 2023 edition of Building Bridges

Building Bridges is a joint initiative launched in 2019 by Swiss public authorities, the finance community and the United Nations. The 2023 edition of Building Bridges will take place from 2-5 October in Geneva, Switzerland.

Founder and Principal Suzanne Spears will speak on Wednesday, 4 October on the “Energy Transition: Green and Just” panel.

As renewable energy sources can create new human rights challenges, the financial sector will need to address climate and human rights concerns in parallel. 

The panel will discuss how to assess and draft transition plans that achieve both environmental sustainability and social justice to inform financial institutions.

For more information on the panel and how to register for Building Bridges, click here.

Suzanne Spears spoke at the World Law Forum’s Roundtable on ESG Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Action

Founder & Principal Suzanne Spears spoke at the World Law Forum’s Roundtable on ESG Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Action, held in The Lansdowne Club, London, on Tuesday, 20 June.

The roundtable comprised global thought leaders in law, who debated a range of industry issues, including the rise of shareholder activism and ESG-related disputes and uncovering hidden risks in supply chains. Suzanne discussed the suitability of arbitration for settling ESG disputes.

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