3:45 PM

INTERNATIONAL APPROACHES TO PREVENTION, LIABILITY AND MANAGEMENT IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES ARENA


Moderator: 

MICHAEL P. WALLS

Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

MIchael P Walls

Mike Walls is the Vice President for Regulatory and Technical Affairs of the American Chemistry Council.   He has primary responsibility for the American Chemistry Council’s policy development.  

Mr. Walls began work in the Council’s Office of General Counsel, where he first provided legal advice on a range of international environmental, trade and product regulation issues.  He has broad experience across a wide range of U.S. domestic chemical regulatory issues, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  

Before joining the Council, Mr. Walls was in private law practice in Washington, DC and served on the staff of U.S. Senator Jim Sasser.  Mr. Walls was an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maryland’s School of Law and American University’s Washington College of Law.

Mr. Walls received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and his master’s degree in business administration from the Georgetown University School of Business.

For additional information, see http://www.americanchemistry.com/About/ACCLeadership/Michael-P-Walls.html.  


Speakers:

NICKY CARIGLIA

Technical Adviser, International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation

Nicky Cariglia

Nicky Cariglia joined ITOPF as a technical adviser in October 2012. She has a degree in Marine Biology and a Master’s degree in Tropical Coastal Management with research experience in coral reef fisheries. Following her Masters, Ms. Cariglia spent a year working on a World Bank, with an aim to strengthen an existing national coral reef monitoring programme to meet various environmental management policy objectives. Prior to joining ITOPF, Ms. Cariglia worked as a fisheries consultant, working on various projects for clients such as the EU, UN organisations, as well as various NGOs and private entities.

Ms. Cariglia has attended on site at a range of incidents worldwide. In some cases, her technical advisory role has required high-level discussions on high profile cases, limited to the command centre. However, in most cases, her role has been in the field, providing active advice on clean-up techniques, potential fisheries impacts, as well as post spill environmental monitoring.

When not on site, Ms. Cariglia sits on ITOPF’s internal environment, oiled wildlife and fisheries working groups. She has participated in numerous oil spill exercises and drills, inter-governmental workshops and conferences around the World. 

For additional information, see http://www.itopf.com/in-action/staff-profiles/staff-detail/nicky-cariglia/.  

 

PAUL E. HAGEN

Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC

Paul Hagen

Paul Hagen is Partner at Beveridge & Diamond PC. He practices in the areas of U.S. and international environmental law and advises a diverse group of multinational corporations and trade associations on market access, global supply chain, and product stewardship matters in the U.S. and in key markets worldwide. Mr. Hagen also counsels clients on the negotiation and implementation of regional and global environmental agreements, with a particular emphasis on treaties and related legislation impacting the chemicals and electronics sectors. He has helped clients with the successful implementation of national and global product take-back and recycling programs. 

Mr. Hagen serves on the boards of several leading conservation non-profit organizations, including the Conservation Fund and the Chesapeake Conservancy, and he is a former board member and Chair of the Environmental Law Institute. He has advised governments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East on the drafting of environmental and natural resources legislation. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University (Washington, D.C., Geneva). Mr. Hagen's environmental practice has been prominently recognized in Chambers USA and other leading publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers.

Mr. Hagen holds a B.A. from Providence College and J.D. from the Washington College of Law at the American University. 

For more information, see http://www.bdlaw.com/attorneys-29.html

 

FABRICE VAREILLE

Minister Counselor – Head of Transport, Energy, Environment and Nuclear Affairs Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Fabrice Vareille

Fabrice Vareille is Minister Counsellor – Head of Transport, Energy, Environment and Nuclear Affairs Section. He joined the EU Delegation to the United States as Head of the Transport, Energy and Environment section in September 2014.

He has served in the EU External Relation Services since 2001 both in Brussels headquarters and foreign postings. Fabrice’s decade-long diplomatic experience has been primarily focused on key EU partners in the Asia-Pacific. Most recently, Fabrice was the Deputy Head of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Division for relations with Japan, the Koreas, Australia and New Zealand. From 2001 to 2006, he served in the same division in various assignments ranging from managing trade promotion and cooperation programs with Japan and Korea to holding political desk officer positions for relations with Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Fabrice was posted in Tokyo to the EU Delegation to Japan from 2007 to 2011 as Head of the Political and Economic Section and was directly involved in the EU’s response to the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the ensuing Fukushima nuclear accident. After his stint in Tokyo, he worked on China-related issues, as political coordinator in the EEAS China and Mongolia Division (2011-2012) where he closely followed the launch of the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership in February 2012.

Fabrice Vareille joined the European Commission in 1996; early in his EU career he held several position in the Commission department in charge of education and training, with a particular focus on youth policies. Prior to becoming an EU official, Fabrice worked in the non-profit sector for a NGO promoting environmental education through scientific expeditions in polar areas.

Fabrice graduated from ‘Sciences-Po’ Paris and from the Paris Management School ESCP-Europe.

For additional information, see http://www.euintheus.org/who-we-are/meet-our-staff/transport-energy-environment-and-nuclear-matters-tee-section/biography-fabrice-vareille/.  

 

STEVEN WOLFSON

Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel, International Law Group, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Steven Wolfson

Steve Wolfson coordinates the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel’s international capacity-building activities on environmental law.  Steve has trained environmental lawyers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and leads the EPA China Environmental Law Initiative, which involves a team of lawyers working with China’s Environment Ministry to strengthen Chinese environmental law and institutions. 

Steve has represented EPA at environmental treaty negotiations and at World Trade Organization litigation.  A graduate of UCLA School of Law and Brown University, Steve has taught international and comparative environmental law courses at George Washington University School of Law, Howard Law School and at the Vermont Law School summer program.  A member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Steve has also served as Vice-Chair for Programs of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Bar Association Section on Environmental, Energy, and Resources, and has published widely on environmental governance and on Chinese environmental law.  

 

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