Friday, March 13, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Intercontinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall, Robles II
San Jose, Costa Rica

The International Labor Organization Convention 169 recognizes
indigenous peoples as distinct stakeholders with a right to decide
their own priorities for development. With respect to mineral and
sub-surface resources, governments must consult indigenous
communities before the exploration of such resources. The UN has
also adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
that added the concept of "free, prior, and informed consent". These
requirements have been incorporated into some legal systems, but
variations exist. Some firms have thus developed their own due
diligence measures -in part to avoid future violent opposition- that
involve impact assessments and some type of consent procedures.
This program brings together experts to examine best practices for
formulating CSR principles that ensure robust consultations with
stakeholders and new developments that may influence consultation
and impact the drafting of new CSR principles.

Program Chair and Moderator:

Thomas O'Keefe, President, Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd., New York, NY


Estuardo Asturias, In-House Counsel, Mayaniquel S.A., Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

Gustavo Cedrone, Partner, Mitrani, Caballero & Ruiz Moreno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Haydee Dijkstal, Barrister, 33 Bedford Row Chambers, London, UK

Gabriela Roca, Qil+4 Abogados, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

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PODCAST: What a Decline of Hegemony in the Americas Portends for the U.S. Globally, Commonwealth Club


Authors Julio Moreno and Thomas O’Keefe debate the current state of U.S. hegemony in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region where the United States first made its appearance as a world power in the late 19th century. In his new book, Bush II, Obama, and the Decline of U.S. Hegemony in the Western Hemisphere, O’Keefe assets that U.S. economic dominance and leadership in the Americas has been in noticeable decline since the start of the 21st century. In his recent co-authored book, Beyond the Eagle’s Shadow, Moreno posits that even at its height during the Cold War, U.S. power and influence in the Western Hemisphere was often contested and never complete.

DATE: February 28, 2019, 6 to 7:15 PM

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Max Thelen Boardroom
San Francisco

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PODCAST: Current Perspectives on Trade and Investment in Peru and its Impact in the Region, D.C. Bar



Alberto Hart, Head of Economics and Trade, Embassy of Peru
Nicolas Lloreda, Former Ambassador of Colombia to Canada
Thomas O'Keefe, President, Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd.
Alberto Rebaza, Partner, Rebaza, Alcazar & De las Casas
Daniel E. Parga, Associate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Moderator)

Sponsored by: International Investment and Finance Committee of the D.C. Bar International Law Community

Co-Sponsored by: Inter-American Bar Association, D.C. Chapter; International Law Institute

DATE: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12 PM to 2 PM

DC Bar Center
901 Fourth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

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