New and Fast-Developing Synergies: A Look at Natural Resource Liability Regimes

Thursday, September 18, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Barbara J. Goldsmith
Title, Barbara J. Goldsmith & Company LLC
Lucas Bergkamp
Title, Hunton & Williams
Prof. James Feinerman
Title, Georgetown University Law Center


New and Fast-Developing Synergies: A Look at Natural Resource Liability Regimes 

September 18, 2014 
Agenda Summary: This webinar is designed to examine the scheme embodied in the EU environmental liability directive, discuss lessons learned from natural resource liability, and analyze data on recent and emerging natural resource liability developments. 



Barbara J. Goldsmith is president of Barbara J. Goldsmith & Company LLC, and the director of the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group. For over 25 years, she has consulted companies, law firms and others on international and national energy, environmental policy matters and corporate environmental management strategies. Barbara has experience with business and industry associations, companies in all major industrial sectors, the U.S. Government, international agencies, and the European Commission and Member States. She is a frequent speaker on environmental, energy, and natural resource topics. Barbara has worked for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France. In 2005, Barbara served on the Department of Interior’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Advisory Committee. In 2012, she was a delegate to the United Nations Rio +20 Corporate Sustainability Forum. With Lucas Bergkamp, she co-edited, The EU Environmental Liability Directive: A Commentary, which was released in 2013 by Oxford University Press. Barbara holds a BA from George Washington University and a Master of City Planning from Harvard University.


Lucas Bergkamp is a partner at Hunton & Williams in Brussels, Belgium and heads the firm’s European regulatory practice. He also teaches in the Catholic University of Leuven’s Energy and Environmental law program. Lucas has represented multinational enterprises in a variety of environmental, health, safety, and life sciences-related matters. He has broad experience in plant- and product-related environmental law, chemical law, civil liability, and product regulation. Lucas also has worked extensively relative to the ongoing implementation of the European Union’s Environmental Liability Directive. He is the author of the treatise, Liability and Environment (Kluwer Law International, 2001) and he co-edited, with Barbara Goldsmith, The EU Environmental Liability Directive: A Commentary, which was released in 2013 by Oxford University Press. From 1997 until 2007, Lucas was a professor of environmental liability law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.


Prof. James Feinerman is the associate dean for International and Transnational Programs at Georgetown University Law Center. He joined the Law Center faculty as a visiting professor for the 1985-86 academic year. Immediately after law school he studied in the People's Republic of China. Subsequently, he joined the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell as a corporate associate. During 1982-83, James was Fulbright Lecturer on Law at Peking University. In 1986, he was a Fulbright researcher in Japan. In 1989, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship to study China's practice of international law. During the 1992-93 academic year, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 1993-95, on leave from the Law Center, James was the director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association's China Law Reporter from 1986-1998. He also is the co-editor of The Limits of the Rule of Law in China (2001), and China After the WTO:What You Need to Know Now (2001).