“International Law and E-Waste Trafficking”

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

Ms. Stéphanie Reiche-de Vigan

Resource person:

Ms. Stephanie Reiche-de Vigan is a lecturer at Sorbonne-Assas International Law School and is also an associate professor at Lyon Catholic University. She teaches International Affairs, Global contemporary issues, Comparative Law, International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development Law. Her research focuses on International Law and Comparative Law related to natural resources. She has been invited as visiting researcher in Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, US and Venezuela. She is also a member of the European Society of International Law and the President of the Climate, Natural Resources and Energy section of the French society of Comparative Law. She is the founding member of the University initiative on Climate Change and Resource Efficiency. She received her PhD from Jean Moulin University Lyon III and her LLM from Pantheon-Sorbonne University Paris I.

Course description:

This lecture will address the challenges posed by the transfer of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) from developed to less developed countries to the international rule of law. It will discuss the interrelationship between international environmental law and international maritime law and the need for developing targeted maritime policies to respond to the e-waste issue both at the domestic, regional and international levels. While actions of both export and import countries are necessary to effectively control and prevent the transboundary movements of e-waste, the current focus of international rules is primarily to support capacity building in the countries of import concerned with health and environmental issues related to e-waste management and disposal. It reveals the lack of attention that has been put on the liability of the country of export in controlling seaborne transport and preventing illegal trafficking of e-waste.

The aim of this lecture is to give a broader legal perspective in international law and comparative law to address the problem of electronic waste in general and in the context of Mauritius in particular.

Experience Level:
Law Practitioners & Legal Officers