Wendy J. Miles QC Chairs Discussion at COP-23

17 November 2017

London Partner Wendy J. Miles QC has chaired a panel discussion at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Negotiations – COP-23 in Bonn, Germany.

During the session, Ms. Miles discussed how the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement can be supported through methods of international dispute settlement.

The event was jointly hosted by the International Bar Association, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. It was an official side event at the COP-23 discussions in Bonn.

Building on a conference jointly hosted by the same institutions at COP-21 in Paris in December 2015 on the resolution of climate change related disputes [LINK], the event focussed on how adjudication, arbitration and conciliation could promote and support implementation of the Paris Agreement. Panellists discussed the various dispute resolution options contained within the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, and the interplay with enforcement of commercial contracts and investments incentivized by states’ Paris Agreement commitments.

The panel included:

  • Professor Dan Bodansky
  • Professor of Law at Arizona State University; former climate change coordinator and attorney-advisor at the US State Deportment
  • Judith Levine
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • Wendy J. Miles, QC
  • Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, Vice President, ICC Court of Arbitration and Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee Working Group on Climate Change
  • Kate Cook
  • Barrister, Matrix Chambers, and Board Member, Legal Response International (LRI)
  • Dr Annemarieke Vermeer-Künzli
  • Legal Counsel, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Annette Magnusson
  • Secretary General, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

To view the discussion, click here.

Debevoise’s international dispute resolution team is an integral part of the firm’s Business Integrity Group. The Group works with in-house counsel, sustainability leaders and compliance departments to provide structured guidance on leading integrity standards, including the UNFCCC, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, the Bank Secrecy Act, the UK Modern Slavery Act and the UK Proceeds of Crime Act. The Group’s broad expertise and collaborative approach to independent experts and civil society organizations ensures commercially reasonable solutions addressing all dimensions of business integrity risks across sectors and across the globe.

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