WaterLex Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis will represent the international public-interest development organisation in October at three high-profile speaking engagements covering a range of compelling topics.
The Private Sector and Climate Change
On 9 Oct. in The Hague, The Netherlands, van de Venis will chair a training session for Ph.D.-level experts at the weeklong Hague Institute on Global Justice training event (6-10 Oct.). In a session entitled “Human Rights, Rule of Law and Good Governance in Times of Climate Change,” his 90-minute interactive presentation, called “The Role of the Private Sector in Climate Change Justice,” will take into consideration how private-sector business can relate to climate-change justice and human-rights issues.
Ecocide and International Law
On 13 Oct., van de Venis will chair a panel examining the concept of “ecocide” from a human rights based approach, and its prospects for use in international law at the “End Ecocide on Earth Conference” in Brussels, Belgium. He will also also give an introduction on “linking various human rights angles to access to justice in environmental cases” to a committee of experts. The conference seeks to explore legal challenges to implement the law of ecocide prevention. Participants include academics, judges, government officials, and representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Technology and Development Ideas
Finally, on 15 Oct., back in The Hague, van de Venis will serve as a debater and jury member in “The Battle of Ideas” competition for students linking technological innovations to development concepts. It’s part of WOTRO Science for Global Development’s “WOTRO 50 Years – Forward Thinking” anniversary conference, which addresses the question of what role social innovation can play in programming, funding, and conducting research that can contribute to solving development-related issues, according to planners.
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About Jan van de Venis:
Jan van de Venis joined WaterLex as a legal desk director in April 2014. He is responsible for the development of the Legal Desk and coordinates research, help desk and outreach activities. He is the co-founder and board chair of Stand Up for Your Rights, an NGO linking human rights to sustainable development. Van de Venis has been an expert in the area of human rights-based approaches to sustainable development, water and environmental issues for many years and in many capacities, such as visiting university lecturer, author, advisor and expert lawyer through his law firm, JustLaw. He holds two Master of Laws degrees from Universiteit Utrecht.
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