11 Mar 2020


11:30 am - 1:00 pm



Access to Justice in Canadian Courts for Victims of Human Rights Violations associated with Canadian Extractive Activity Abroad: Obstacles and Opportunities

March 11.
11:30 – 1 pm.
Room FSS 3040.

GRITE brown bag session with Penelope Simons, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa

Presentation in English followed by a bilingual
Bring your lunch!

Penelope Simons is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) at the University of Ottawa. She holds and LLM and PhD in International Law from Cambridge University. Prior to taking up her position at the Faculty of Law, Penelope was a Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996 and practiced corporate/commercial law with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. She has also worked in the nongovernmental sector on peace and disarmament issues. Penelope’s research focuses on business and human rights and in particular on: the human rights implications of domestic and extraterritorial extractive sector activity; state responsibility for corporate complicity in human rights violations; the regulation of transnational corporations; gender and resource extraction; as well as the intersections between transnational corporate activity, human rights and international economic law. She has published widely on these issues. She co-authored, with Audrey Macklin, The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage (Routledge, 2014) which examines the human rights implications of corporate activity in zones of weak governance and argues for home state regulation.  She is also a co-author with J. Anthony VanDuzer and Graham Mayada of Integrating Sustainable Development into International Investment Agreements: A Guide for Developing Country Negotiators (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2013), a book that discusses ways in which international investment treaties could be reimagined to address more effectively the sustainable development concerns of party states. Penelope is a member of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the Interdisciplinary Research Group on the Territories of Extractivism (GRITE) and the SSHRC-funded Canadian Partnership on Strengthening Justice for International Crimes.