Programa de conferencias

17/03/2021 20:25 - 20:45

Escazú Agreement, an agreement for access to environmental information

Raúl Rodriguez
Socio de Rodríguez&Gregorio Compañía de Abogados @
Rodríguez&Gregorio Compañía de Abogados

Lawyer specialized in mining law and issues related to natural resources and environmental law. Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. He was Vice President of the Honorable Mining Council of the Province of Mendoza. He has participated in the drafting of various regulations on mining matters such as the National Unified Mining Procedure Code, and Provincial Decree 820/06. Author of the book "Mendoza Mining Procedure Code Commented" He currently serves as President of the Mining Law Commission of the Mendoza Bar Association and President of the Mendoza Chamber of Mining Entrepreneurs (CaMEM, in Spanish). In his academic role, he is Professor of the Vitivinicultural and Mining Legislation Chair of the Universidad Aconcagua and Holder of the Mining and Agrarian Law Chair of the Universidad Champagnat. He also served as a professor in the Doctorate in Environmental Law and Water Resources at the Universidad de Mendoza. He practices law independently at the Rodríguez & Gregorio Law Firm, of which he is a founding partner, advising national and international mining companies.

Resumen

The Escazú agreement was signed on March 4, 2018. Its object or purpose is contemplated in its extensive name “Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean". Among the objectives pursued by the agreement is to guarantee the right to information, participate in a meaningful way in decisions that affect the environment and access justice, eliminating barriers for its effective implementation. In a first approach to the agreement we can distinguish that it is a tool that tends to broaden the horizons of environmental protection and incorporate active public participation through the tools of information, transparency and access to Justice, overcoming barriers that denied this possibility. We will then analyze the different positions and foundations of nations that have not ratified the Agreement, as well as a critical analysis of its provisions under the criteria of their necessity and convenience.

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