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Plastic Pollution and International Law

The global crisis of excessive production, use and discarding of plastic is turning our landscapes, oceans, lakes and rivers into plastic wastelands and threatening health and biodiversity. How do we make new international law to address this challenge?

On April 25 2024, the International Law Association of Canada held a webinar on Plastic Pollution and International Law to coincide with the Ottawa meeting of the UNEP Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-4). The panel of experts on international environmental, economic and human rights law

discussed the need to develop a global treaty to combat plastic pollution, focusing on its potential scope, core principles, limitations, and impacts.


The panel also addressed the challenges of implementation, the importance of rights holder representation and stakeholder engagement, and the need for a balanced approach that considers the role of industry, the potential for greenwashing, just transition, and the importance of respecting Indigenous knowledge. 


With Irina Buga (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek); Oonagh Fitzgerald (HRREC); Melissa Gorrie (Ecojustice); Alexandra Harrington (CISDL), Sabaa Khann (DSF); Sara Seck (Dalhousie U); Jon Solorzano (Vinson & Elkins).

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