PhD candidate Irene Ekweozoh has been invited to present her paper, “The Right to Effective Remedy for Corporate Human Rights Abuse: A Policy-Oriented Approach” on a panel at the Institute for Global Law and Policy’s 2018 Conference, which will take place on June 2-3, 2018 at Harvard Law School.
Ms. Ekweozoh’s paper addresses the rule of law crisis that reigns over certain oil-producing regions in Africa. The discovery of natural resources in Africa occurred at a time when African states were still emerging from colonial rule and grappling with the task of developing institutions to govern for the common good of the citizens. In Nigeria, for example, the oil boom era was marred by a blatant disregard for the human rights of the people living in the host oil communities. Furthermore, these communities were denied the opportunity to play a role in determining how they wished to control their resources. Laws adopted after the discovery of oil tended to prioritize economic benefits derived from oil exploitation over human rights. Ms. Ekweozoh`s research examines past and current law and policy attempts by the Nigerian government to address and redress corporate human rights abuses in its oil producing regions.
The international Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) conference is designed to showcase innovative thinking about global law and policy. The IGLP convenes the conference biennially to bring together a network of scholars and policy makers who share the belief that ideas matter, and who are committed to bringing new voices and viewpoints to issues of global governance, social justice and economic policy.
Congratulations to Ms. Ekweozoh!