Marissa Vahlsing, Legal Coordinator with EarthRights International, discusses the role of corporate litigation in setting the stage for the growth of the business and human rights field, what has been lost by the shift in focus and attention to business and human rights initiatives, and the continued role for litigation as a community-driven means of rights-claiming.
Marissa Vahlsing is the Legal Coordinator for EarthRights International. Since joining ERI in 2011, Marissa has focused on legal strategies to defend the human and environmental rights of communities in cases against corporate and government actors. She serves or has served as counsel on numerous cases before, and frequently submits amicus briefs to, U.S. federal courts and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Marissa helped launch ERI’s Amazon Office in Lima, Peru and has assisted ERI in developing its Amazon legal program in support of indigenous and campesino communities affected by resource extraction and mega-projects. Marissa is a 2011 graduate of Harvard Law School, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College (2006).
Lunch will be provided.