Wednesday Night Rights: A Right to Freedom from Pollution? Human Rights in a Changing Climate
At tonights event, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights implications of hazardous substances and wastes, also informally known as the Special Rapporteur on “toxics,”, Baskut Tuncak will present the role of human rights in the increasingly global efforts to combat pollution. Under the headline "A right to freedom from pollution? Human rights in a changing climate", Mr. Tuncak will provide his views on the role of human rights in preventing and providing remedy for adverse impacts of pollution in the face of a changing political and economic climate around the world.
About Baskut Tuncak
Baskut Tuncak was appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights implications of hazardous substances and wastes, also informally known as the Special Rapporteur on “toxics,” by the United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights Council in 2014. Baskut is an international lawyer, specializing in laws and policies on the management of toxic chemicals and other environmental issues. He is currently a senior researcher at the Raul Wallenberg Institute and a visiting scholar at American University Washington College of Law. Previously, Baskut was a senior attorney with the not-for-profit Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and a synthetic chemist with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and synthetic biology companies. He has served in various advisory roles to both governmental and non-governmental initiatives.
Tonight's event is part of a series of human rights related lectures which is organised jointly by the UPF and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
Other events in the series are:
November 15th - "Torture: An Expert's Confrontation with an everyday Evil"