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International Studies alumna to present at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, on March 5th

SATURDAY, March 5 from 10:35 to 11:50 a.m. in the Many Nations Longhouse

International Studies alumna Heather Wolford will be presenting at the PIELC Conference (Public Interest Environmental Law Conference) at the UO Law School this coming weekend. During her research for her International Studies thesis, Heather participated in election monitoring in Honduras, and she went on to do labor organizing after her graduation.

“Honduras’ Abolishment of Human Rights and What the United States Can Do About It”

In mid-2014, the Honduran Congress adopted the Establishment of Zones forĀ  Employment and Economic Development Law, a new type of Special Economic Zoning that represents the classic conflict between the corporate model of exploitation of resources/labor and the protection of human rights and the environment. This panel will discuss the national context in which such a law was passed and the threats of violations of domestic and international human rights
protections, specifically ILO 169 about Tribal or Indigenous groups. Because of the implications for trade and investment, the use of an environmental collaborative mechanism under CAFTA-DR is proposed..

Panelists: Heather Wolford, Community and Labor Organizer; Mark Sullivan, Attorney at Law; Tyler Ingraham, Western New England University School of Law, JD Candidate, 2017; Laura Palmese, University of Oregon School of Law, LL.M Candidate


PIELC Brochure


Heather’s INTL Thesis