LawTransform Events

National environmental disasters: cases from Norway and Brazil

13 mar 2019 15:00 16:00 ENG

Lecture by Stella Emery Santana (Indiana University) followed by a discussion with Sigrid Eskeland Schütz (UiB).

The legal department of Concerned Students Norway and the Centre on Law and Social Transformation welcome everyone to a lecture with Professor Stella Emery Santana from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Her lecture will focus on environmental disasters in Brazil, specifically on comparing the mining disasters between 2015 and 2019, such as the 2015 Samarco Mining Company disaster and the 2019 Vale Mining Disaster.

Her lecture will be followed by a discussion with Sigrid Eskeland Schütz (UiB) where they will share their perspectives on international and national environmental disasters. The discussion will bring the current issues of sea-fills, including environmental toxins in Norwegian fjords into focus. The comparison between the Norwegian and Brazilian cases will allow for reflection on how environmental disasters and challenges are being addressed in different contexts.

Stella Emery Santana is a law professor from Brazil specializing in environmental law and economics, and wrote her thesis on the World Trade Organization and agricultural measures to promote a sustainable development in developing countries. Professor Santana also has a masters degree in business and economics from Universidade Gama Filho in Rio de Janeiro, and a Ph.D. in environmental geography from Federal University of Espirito Santo. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on integrated river basin and coastal zone ecosystem management and governance. She is currently a visiting professor at Indiana University, teaching the subjects Environmental Law & Policy, and International Environmental Law. She is currently visiting Bergen to work alongside the research group for natural resources, environmental and development law.

Sigrid Eskeland Schütz is a professor at the law faculty at the University of Bergen, specializing in several different subjects such as environmental law, administrative law and property law. Professor Schütz is currently leading the the research group for natural resource-, environmental-, and development law. She is also a part of the leading team for the international research project “Causes and Consequences of the Legal Architecture of Climate Politics”. 


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