Agenda: International Conference: Corporate Impunity in Occupation and Conflict’s contexts


How it works, impacts and strategies to stop transnational abuses in the Mediterranean region. International Conference:

  • November 28th.
  • From 9.30 to 19.30h.
  • Martitim Museum of Barcelona. Auditorium.
  • Free access. Pre-registration here.

In territories where conflict and war have weakened states, the presence of transnational corporations is linked to the plundering of natural resources and a long list of human rights violations such as: privatization of water, expropriation of land, evictions, demolitions of houses, detentions, restriction of freedom of movement or extrajudicial executions.

In order to guarantee these extractive investments, the transnationals need to ally themselves with military and private security companies that allow them to develop their exploitation and transportation activities of primary resources. The activity of these organizations escapes any form of control thanks to its legal versatility and the complex organizational structures created to evade national and international laws and regulations.

This activity is also carried out with the complicity of occupying States, international financial institutions, multilateral organizations, arbitration tribunals and other mechanisms that make up the legal and political architecture that allows them to act with impunity.

In order to develop, from different approaches, a process of knowledge critical analysis of the situation, the conference ‘Corporate Impunity in Contexts of Occupation and Conflict’ will be held.

During the conference, international experts will share cases of extractive projects developed in countries under occupation (Palestine, Western Sahara) or in conflict (Syria, Libya), as well as legal, institutional and civil society strategies to confront these abuses of transnational corporations in the Mediterranean.

9.30h Registration

9.45h Opening

10.00h PANEL I: The impact of multinational corporations in occupation contexts

  • Companies and impunity in Palestine. Susan power, Al-Haq.
  • Privatization of security and its gender impact in East Jerusalem.
    Felip Daza, ODHE and Shock Monitor.
  • Companies that operates in Western Sahara. Lahcen Dalil, AMRPEN.
  • The tentacles of occupation: Fishing industry in Western Sahara.
    Mahfoud M. Lamin, ODHE and Shock Monitor.

Conducted by: Silvia Abadia, ACAPS – Sahara Dempeus.
11.30h Coffee-break

12.00h PANEL II: Structural aspects which contribute to corporate impunity

  • Cyber-security and critical infrastructures. Mika Zacks, Who Profits.
  • Armstrade and homeland security. Jordi Calvo, Centre Delàs.
  • (In)secure roads:The case of Sub-Saharan Africa migration to Europe. Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, Journalist.
  • Corporate Capture States in Europe Union.Vicky Cann, Corporate Europe Watch  (ONLINE). 

13.30 – 15.00h Lunch time

15.00h PANEL III: Corporate watch’s strategies

  • Popular campaigning targeting banks involved in arms trade.Ryvka Barnard, War and Want.
  • Investigating multinational corporations. Lydia de Leeuw, SOMO.
  • Greenwashing: The Renewable Energies’ sector in Western Sahara. Davide Contini, Western Sahara Resource Watch.

16.15h Coffee-break

16.45h PANEL IV: Legal strategies

  • Legal strategies to confront corporate impunity in Western Sahara. Gilles Devers, advocat del Front Polisario.
  • Effective strategical litigation. Marco Aparicio, Observatori DESC.
  • Reflections on strategic litigations to challenge illicit economies in occupied territories in Plaestine and Western Sahara. Valentina Azarova, Global Legal Action Network – GLAN.
  • Lessons Learned from cases brought abroad against companies complicit in human rights violations in Palestine. Roi Batchmuski, Human Rights Attorney.

Conducted by: Lema Nazeeh, Advocada i activista Palestina.

18:30h PANEL V: Institutional strategies

  • Carla Canal. Public Coherence Policies responsible from Direcció de Justicia Global i Cooperació Internacional, Barcelona Municapity.
  • Carme Gual, Director at Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation.
  • Susan Segovia, Parliamentary deputy for the group Catalunya En Comú Podem. Member of the Intergroup work for Palestine and Western Sahara.

19.30h End of the conference