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The Vance Center Honors Weil with International Pro Bono Excellence Award

Weil received an award from the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice at its Celebration of International Pro Bono Excellence on Thursday, October 24, at the New York City Bar Association. The Vance Center recognized Weil’s outstanding international pro bono work before the Supreme Court of Chile on international law and the human right to a healthy environment.

In particular, the Vance Center recognized Weil’s successful representation of Human Rights Watch in submission of an amicus curiae brief to the Chilean Supreme Court in constitutional litigation over severe toxic air outbreaks in the Quintero and Puchuncaví region of Chile. Attorneys from Weil’s London, Munich, New York and Paris offices contributed research and drafting to the effort, which highlighted framework principles of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, and drew upon international legal standards and instruments, jurisprudence of the European and Inter-American courts of human rights, and decisions of courts in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Weil’s amicus brief ultimately informed the Chilean Supreme Court’s order that multiple Chilean agencies urgently design and implement numerous remedial programs to abate the public health and environmental crisis and transparently publish comprehensive, publicly accessible and readily understandable environmental information concerning these efforts.

The Weil team included associates Marcel Andersen, Tayyibah Arif, Harriet Fielding, Ramona Maria Frenzel, Jay Minga, Carolin Obermaier, Milosz Palej, Amama Rasani, Maximilien Roland, Amy Suehnholz, and Lauren Wands, as well as retired partner Richard Levine and partner Barbara Jagersberger.