07 Dec 2017

Venue: International Environment House I, Room 3

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

Setting a precedent for effective regulation of hazardous substances

You are cordially invited to join the discussion with Robert Bilott, an environmental lawyer, Right Livehouud Award Laureate for exposing a decades-long history of chemical pollution, winning long-sought justice  for  the  victims,  and  setting  a  precedent  for  effective  regulation  of  hazardous substances. This event is organized within the frame work of the Geneva Environment Network.

In a legal battle lasting 19 years, he represented 70,000 citizens whose drinking water had been contaminated with Perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) by the chemical giant DuPont. Expanding upon the concept of class-action litigation, he set up a 7-year toxicological study of the 70,000 victims, which contributed significantly to the scientific understanding of the global health risks associated with Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). This class of substances, which do not break down in the environment or the human body, are ubiquitous in our societies today. Bilott successfully won compensation for his clients and continues to call for better regulation of toxic substances.

Panel discutants:
Brenda KOEKKOEK, SAICM Secretariat
Maryna YANUSH, Aahrus Convention Secretariat
Moderator: Juliane KRONEN, Board member, Right Livehood Foundation

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