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   Geneva, (23-24 March 2017)  
•Denis Bard, Professor epidemiology and risks assessment – EHESP (France)

Denis Bard, aged 65 years, is professor of epidemiology and risk assessment at the l’École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique – School of Advanced Studies in Public Health. He is a doctor of medicine, holds a DEA post-graduate diploma in Human Nutrition, a DEA post-graduate diploma in Public Health and is an accredited research director.


Firstly a general practitioner, he was in charge of research at the EDF-GDF (French gas and electricity company) medical studies department, and a researcher at the Institute for Nuclear Protection and Safety. He set up and directed the Epidemiological Laboratory of this Institute.


The first in Europe to look into the combined effects of socio-economic status and air pollution on health, his current research concerns the effects of the context of life and atmospheric pollution on episodes of multiple sclerosis. He is also developing a methodological approach to the assessment of impacts of climate changes on public health


His previous works concerned the conditions of development of profane clusters, notably around high-risk industrial sites, the methodology for the assessment of the risk for health linked to environmental exposures and the surveillance of imported illnesses. He also launched and contributed to studies in the physiology of nutrition and clinical studies in this field.


He is the author or co-author of 25 books, 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 4 official reports in the field of public health and the assessment of risks linked to the environment. He has, in particular, contributed to two INSERM collective expert appraisals (Dioxines dans l’environnement: quels risques pour la santé ? – Dioxins in the environment – what risks for health? , 2000 ; Cancer : approche méthodologique du lien avec l’environnement - methodological approach to the link with the environment, 2005).


He is president of the IRSTEA-IFSTTAR Ethics Committee, co-founder and current chairman of the Société Française de Santé Environnement - French Association for Environment Health.


He was vice-chairman of the Prevention and Precaution Committee of the Minister in charge of the Environment, member of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) of DG SANCO, the orientation then evaluation committee of the 1st National Environment Health Plan, of the “Panel on contaminants in the food chain” of the European Authority on food safety, of Scientific Committees of AFSSA, ADEME, InVS, and of the Groupe Technique National de Définition des Orientations de la loi d’orientation en Santé publique 2003 (National Technical Group for the Definition of Orientations of the law on orientation in Public Health (2003) (reporter for environment health questions)

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•Karine Favro, Professor in public law – Université de Haute-Alsace

A specialist in public law, I hold a PhD in public law of the medias awarded by the University of Aix-Marseille, dedicated to the legal status of a television viewer, and more especially the right of the public to information. It is based on this competence that I was hired in 2003 at the University of Haute Alsace as an associate professor. A member of the Centre Européen de recherche sur le Risque, le Droit des Accidents Collectifs et des Catastrophes (CERDACC – European Centre of Research into Risk, the Law on Collective Accidents and Disasters) UHA research laboratory, I direct the Master 2 course “Law on risk prevention and responsibilities” of the Faculty of Economic, Social and Legal Sciences. In this context, I carry out research into industrial risk law, civil security law, digital law and law in the field of expert appraisals. In fact, this research topic has been regularly fed over the last ten years or so by contributions and symposiums under my direction or co-direction.


Focusing firstly on research into expert appraisals in environment law (Under my dir., Risques environnementaux et Expertises, special issue, Droit de l’environnement, Oct. 2006), and on the way in which we pass from technical and scientific expert appraisals (Symposium, under my dir., « Regards croisés sur l’expertise », (Mulhouse, 5 October 2007) ; under my dir., L’expertise : enjeux et pratiques, Lavoisier, Editions Tec&Doc, Collection Sciences du risque et du danger, May 2009), I continued my reflection by a global approach to the relationship between the expert and the decision-maker attempting to define the status of expert (Symposium, under the dir. of K. Favro and M. Lobé-Fouda, L’expert au banc des accusés ?, (Mulhouse, 20 May 2014) ; under the dir. of, L’expert au banc des accusés, Droit de l’environnement, special issue, Dec. 2014). It is understandable that my last published works on the subject have concerned experts. It was a question of identifying the latter within society and defining an expert’s role without distinguishing between the different types of expert (legal, public or other) in order to reveal a set of general rules that could form the basis for a deontology applicable to any expert (K. Favro, M. Lobé-Lobas, J.-P. Markus, under the dir. of, L’expert dans tous ses états, Dalloz, Nov. 2016).

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•Juliette Kohler, Policy and legal advisor – United Nations Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Ms. Juliette Voinov Kohler is head of the legal and governance unit of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, UNEP. She also is lecturer in international environmental law at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Ms. Voinov Kohler holds a PhD in international environmental law and an LLM in international law. She was admitted to the bar in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Ms. Voinov Kohler accumulated experience in international environmental law, international criminal law, humanitarian issues as well as Swiss law in Switzerland, New York and Chicago.

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•Venance Konan, Journalist, Director of Groupe Fraternité Matin (Ivory Coast)

Born in December 1958 in the charming town of Bocanda in Ivory Coast, I spent my young childhood years in Ouellé and my teenage years in Daoukro, both places located in the same area, in Baoulé country. After high school, I enrolled at the faculty of law in Abidjan in 1978. I was awarded a post-graduate “maîtrise” degree in 1982 and obtained a grant to continue my studies in international law in Nice, France. I left Nice in 1987 with a PhD in law. Back home I opted for journalism. I caught the journalist bug when, as a student, I helped published a student newspaper at the University of Abidjan. I started out with the group Fraternité Matin, the leading press group in Ivory Coast and practically never left it. Between 2007 and 2011, following differences in opinion with the editorial line, I resigned from my position of chief editor and became a freelance journalist. I wrote in both left and right publications, mainly in French newspapers, and in 2011, after the fall from power of President Laurent Gbagbo, I returned to Fraternité Matin, as managing director. I am also the author of ten or so books of which one, “Edem Kodjo, un homme, un parcours“, obtained the “Grand prix literature d’Afrique Noire” award, and another “Catapila chef du village“ which obtained the Rabelais prize in France. My next book which will come out in 2015, published by Michel Lafon in France, under the title of “Nègreries”.

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•Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health – WHO
•Renaud Piarroux, Professor and head of service, parasitology and mycology – Hôpital de la Timone (France)
•Dietram Scheufele, Professor, life science communication – University of Wisconsin

Dietram A. Scheufele is the John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, and a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering. In the past, Scheufele has been a tenured faculty member at Cornell University, a Shorenstein fellow at Harvard University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. His consulting experience includes work for the U.S. Public Broadcasting System, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank.

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•Patrick Ramaël, is a French magistrate, currently divisional president at the Court of Appeal of Aix-en-Provence.

He has been an investigating judge in Paris, Versailles and Bordeaux. He has also held the positions of public prosecutor, notably public prosecutor in Cambrai.


He is the author of “Hors procedure”, Calmann-Lévy, 2015


He is the co-author of :


  - “Blanchiment d'argent et crime organise” (Money-Laundering and Organised Crime), Presses Universitaires de France, 1996, in collaboration with Jean-Louis HERAIL.


  - “Le crime international et la Justice“ (International Crime and Justice), Flammarion, 1998, in collaboration with Alberto PERDUCA.

•Joost van Rooij, Toxicologist, industrial hygienist – Caesar Consult (Netherlands)

Dr. Joost G.M. van Rooij is a toxicologist (EUROTOX registered) and occupational hygienist. He is founder and co-director of Caesar Consult and ChemRADE BV in The Netherlands and president of the Netherlands Occupational Hygiene Association (NVvA). He has over 25 years of experience as a consultant in chemical exposure assessment and toxicology. Fields of special interest and expertise are chemical exposure assessment tools, biological monitoring, REACH, solvents, PAH, asbestos, skin absorption of chemicals and retrospective exposure assessments related to health claims. Since a year he advises Houthoff Buruma, the law firm that represents Trafigura in the court case in The Netherlands.

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•Francisco Rubio, Adjunct professor at Webster University (Geneva), member of the Steering Committee of Médecins du Monde Switzerland
•Pierre Portas, President of WE2C, former deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention