You are very warmly invited to two International Law Discussion Group seminars taking place next week.
The first one is on Tuesday 10th of March, 1.30pm-3pm (Kenyon Mason Suite, Old College).
Dr Lalanath de Silva (Director of the Environmental Democracy Practice of the World Resources Institute, Washington DC) will present his paper on:
“Effectiveness of the Asian Development Bank’s Accountability Mechanism: Addressing the Concerns of Project Affected People”
Here is the abstract:
“The number of accountability mechanisms at multilateral banks and financial institutions have doubled over the last decade. Many of them give direct access to people affected by bank funded projects to complain about harm resulting from safeguard policy violations by the bank. These safeguard policies often address issues concerning involuntary resettlement, indigenous people and the environment. One of the oldest mechanisms is that of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It consists of a Special Project Facilitator (SPF) mandated to solve problems at an early stage; and a Compliance Review Panel (CRP) mandated to review project decisions and recommend remedial action to the Bank’s Board of Directors. Lalanath de Silva, one of the three members of the CRP, will review recent cases handled by the CRP and assess the effectiveness of the mechanism from the point of view of the Bank’s accountability to affected people. He will also draw parallels with similar mechanism in other institutions.”
The second one is on Wednesday 11th of March, 4.30pm-6pm, Appleton Tower: Room M1 (George Square).
He will present his topic on:
“The Sociology of International Law – an Expanded Research Agenda”