Environment, Conflict, and Climate Change: Resilient Rule of Law

Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xsx9yqlARpqDUxWfpHut-w#/registration

Monday, May 15, 2023 @ 10:00 EDT// 14:00 GMT // 16:00 CEST

A Rule of Law Webathon presentation hosted by the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA)

Program Chair/Moderator:

Lourdes Venes – Secretary General, IABA
Lizzette Robleto de Howarth – IAB Senior Member

Keynote Speaker:

Gabriela Ramos – Assistant Director-General, UNESCO


María Sofía Sagües
Daniel Sumalavia – Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program gender specialist World Bank Group
Julian Newman – Campaigns Director, Environmental Investigation Agency
Thomas O’Keefe – President, Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd.
David Sullivan – U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (on Responsible Business Conduct), and Senior Advisor on Corporate Social Responsibility, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State

05/12/23. 06:57:00 pm. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »

Beyond Lawyering – Success in Law on Your Own Terms: Navigating Alternative Career Pathways for Individuals with Lawyer Degrees

Link: https://web.cvent.com/event/e2dba0b5-a458-4e35-aa7c-43ebe7dc6fe7/summary

Thursday, May 4, 2023, 2:30 to 4:00 PM

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 Seventh Avenue at West 53rd Street
New York, New York

This panel will explore some of the differences and similarities between traditional and non-traditional lawyering. The experience of each of the panelists will help to shed light on their early paths and why what works in one field may be less applicable in others. In the course of this dialogue, it may also be raised how it is possible to transition between the fields of lawyering.

Sponsoring Committees:

Young Lawyers Interest Network, AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers, American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division

Program Chair/Speaker:

Maritza T. Adonis, Lawyer and Lobbyist, Washington, DC


Itzik Amiel, International Speaker, Bestselling Author, Legal Professional Development Mentor, Attorney-at-Law, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cecilia Barrero, Managing Partner, CE Barrero, Boston, MA
Federico Gurdian, Managing Partner, Garcia & Bodan, Managua Nicaragua
Thomas Andrew O’Keefe, Chief of Party, Caribbean Business Enabling Environment Reform Activity, Bridgetown, Barbados
Sylvia Quaye, Attorney at Law, SSQuaye Law PLLC, Prospect, KY

04/02/23. 10:01:00 am. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »

Utility or Futility? REDD+, Carbon Credits, and Indigenous-led Forest Protection

Link: https://americanbar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduuuqzspEtYhXEbSfKtwqi-zEzpt6BqP

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 12:00 PM in Central Time (US & Canada)

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and other programs aim to protect forest areas and prevent deforestation while benefitting Indigenous and local communities. But just how effective are these programs, particularly when it comes to respecting the principles of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)? Join this roundtable discussion to pinpoint the policy aspirations surrounding the protection of forest areas and to ascertain from multiple points of view whether these “carbon credit” programs are effective, particularly for Indigenous communities whose traditional lands overlap the areas targeted for projects. The discussion aims to result in a Report and Recommendation in support of an ABA Resolution to be submitted for approval by the ABA’s House of Delegates at the ABA’s annual or mid-year meeting.

Relevant questions for debate and discussion will include: Are these programs effective in the first place? Do they achieve what they intend to do, including benefitting Indigenous and local communities? Are they consistent with the goals outlined in COP meetings? Do they engage all relevant Indigenous governments and stakeholders?

This first Roundtable will be moderated by Tom O’Keefe, Co-Chair of the ABA International Law Section's International Energy and Environmental Law Committee, and facilitated by Altamush Saeed and Bryan Van Stippen.

Link for Registration: https://americanbar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduuuqzspEtYhXEbSfKtwqi-zEzpt6BqP

03/03/23. 02:35:00 am. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »

WEBINAR: Las Posibilidades de Cooperación entre Latinoamérica y los EE.UU. para Afrontar el Cambio Climático

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTxflzuh0nw

Asociación Iberoamericana de Derecho, Cultura y Ambiente

Dr. Thomas O'Keefe (USA)

Profesor de Stanford University

Presidente de Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd.

Entrevistado por Dra. Claudia F. Valls

23 de Junio de 2021 * Miércoles * 17 Horas (Arg.) * 13 Horas (Cal. USA)

08/21/21. 03:16:00 am. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »

WEBINAR: Reaping What You Sow: The Central American Refugee Caravans at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYJy55anoq0

Caravans at the Border

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m Pacific Coast Time

The program is co-sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church’s Latino Outreach Visioning, and Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon

Program description: How the long and troubled history of U.S. 1) military and covert interventions in Central America, 2) failed U.S. economic assistance, and 3) climate change policies are responsible for the waves of desperate people currently fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We will explore why the United States has a legal and moral responsibility to admit them as refugees.

Presentation followed by Q&A

Presenter: Thomas Andrew O'Keefe

04/06/21. 12:54:00 am. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »