TCD: Tropilunch

Event Start Date: February 28, 2017 12:45 PM
Event End Date: February 28, 2017 1:45 PM


Out of Bounds: The Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law to Mega-Infrastructure Projects

The UF Law Costa Rica Program and Conservation Clinic's Amicus Brief to the InterAmerican Court for Human Rights on the Government of Colombia's Request for an Advisory Opinion.

by Tom Ankersen and Honor Humphrey
Levin College of Law, UF

February 28, 2017
12:45 - 1:45 pm

Content: In partnership with the TCD Program, and the Organization for Tropical Studies the University of Florida College of Law offers an interdisciplinary program in Costa Rica entitled Sustainable Development: Law, Policy and Professional Practice. In the summer of 2016 students in the Program pursued several applied policy projects that have reached, or are reaching fruition. These include working with the TCD-based Amazon Dams Network to develop a program and spin-off proposals addressing indigenous rights in the Amazon, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society to help to draft a new protected areas law for Equatorial Guinea, Sub-Saharan Africa's only Spanish-speaking country, and drafting a brief to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights addressing the extraterritorial application of human rights law in an environmental context. After Professor Ankersen briefly describes the Program and its most recent projects, UF Law LL.M. Candidate Honor Humphrey will present the issues before the Court in the Colombia case, focusing on those specific issues addressed in the Clinic's brief.

Biographies: Thomas T. Ankersen is a Legal Skills professor at the UF Levin College of Law where he directs its Conservation Clinic and Costa Rica Program. Ankersen is also an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Latin American Studies and the Tropical Conservation and Development Program.

Honor Humphrey is a candidate for an LL.M. in Environmental and Land Use Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and a student associate in the Conservation Clinic, where she pursued this project following work by students in the UF Law Costa Rica Program. She plans to practice international trade law, and is interested in the intersection between trade and human rights.