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Introductory speakers: Corruption in courts and access to justice for women in Guatemala.
Jennifer Bravo, lawyer, Mujeres Transformando El Mundo (MTM), Guatemala
Summary: As a step in completing the TRACE programme, the 2010-2011-participants have worked together to produce short briefings on four selected topics: “contract transparency”, “environmental issues related to EI”, “indigenous peoples´ rights and EI”, and “illicit financial flows and secrecy jurisdictions”.
Wednesday 21st september 9.30am – 12.00pm
The House of Litterature, Oslo, Wergelandsveien 29
Coffee/tea will be served from 9.30am About the report:
Summary: Defining Elements outlines which concrete elements should be made subject for regulation in a full country-by-country reporting standard for the extractive industry. It is based on input from CSOs, tax experts, accounting experts, private sector, and PWYP Norway´s experiences with other processes. This is a draft for discussion, and input in writing is appreciated (input gathering is now closed).
Summary: This brief legal report, commissioned by PWYP Norway and written by the Norwegian law firm, Arntzen de Besche, suggests how Norway can implement a country-by-country reporting regulation in Norwegian law, that easily can open up for further and necessary regulation. The report summarizes the ongoing processes in the US and EU, and provides a legal consideration of a suggestion for how a Norwegian law text for the extractives sector can be based upon this.
See the videos from the launch of author and journalist Nicholas Shaxson´s book Treasure Islands. and the following debate at the House of Literature in Oslo 4th February 2011 Launch and interview with Nicholas Shaxson:     Following the launch, Kjetil Wiedswang, commentator in Dagens Næringsliv, leads the debate with the following panelists:
Oil, gas and mining is an important economic sector in more than 60 developing and transitional countries. Two thirds of the world’s poorest people live in these countries. The revenues from this industry can help find a way out of poverty – but the oposite is taking place. Find out why. A short and accessable guide to the extractive industries and the importance of transparency in the revenue streams.
Follow the Money provides practical information on how citizens of resource-rich countries can become effective monitors of government earnings and expenditures.

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