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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

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To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

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t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

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28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

26/06/2020

Monica Feria-Tinta acting in Cerrejón mine COVID-19 dispute

Monica Feria-Tinta is currently acting on a COVID-19 mining dispute relating to Cerrejón mine, one of the largest open pit coal mines in the world, owned by BHP, Anglo American and Glencore.

Last week she filed a request with the UN Special Procedures on behalf of a group of Wayuu people (women and traditional authorities) to halt work at the mine, amid COVID-19, over claims it is causing air and water pollution and exacerbating risks to the health of the Wayuu filing the claim. The mine operates in Wayuu’s ancestral land. The claim is mostly based on a recent ruling from Colombia’s Constitutional Court which made findings of environmental contamination and ordered the company to prevent water and air pollution and control emissions, among other things.

The request is also asking Colombia, a Party to the Paris Agreement, to phase-out coal mining.

In addition to raising issues concerning potential health risks relating to COVID-19 in the mining sector, the case raises issues of State and private sector environmental and human rights obligations in the context of climate change.

Monica is instructed by CAJAR. The legal action has been widely covered by international press including the New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph, and Reuters.

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