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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance

Today, on 6 March 2023, CEENRG Researcher Jessica Crow led the flagship panel on ESG-related risks and disputes at the RESOLVE 2023 Conference – the Abu Dhabi International Dispute Resolution Forum. The conference, hosted by the ADGM, attracted more than 2000 delegates this year. 

Climate change and sustainability are the defining issues of this decade. The commercial and reputational costs of “getting ESG wrong” are high, but as companies have learned to address ESG requirements in a coordinated way, ESG claimants have also coordinated their approach, and the range of defendants, subjects of disputes and claimants continue to diversify.

In the lead up to COP28 and in the UAE’s “Year of Sustainability”, the panel session 'Anticipating and Mitigating ESG-Related Risks and Disputes' delved into the vast array of potential sustainability disputes, including climate change litigation, energy transition, investor-state matters, as well as increased consumer and regulatory scrutiny arising from allegations of “greenwashing”. Jessica Crow moderated the panel which included the following speakers:

  • Laurie Achtouk-Spivak - Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Miray Zaki - Managing Director, Gulf Capital
  • Umair Ullah - Director, PwC Sustainability
  • Duncan Miller - Senior Counsel, 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers / Maxwell 42 Chambers

Learn more about the RESOLVE 2023 conference.