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In the public interest features renowned environmental activist and former Argentine Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development, Romina Picolotti, who speaks with WilmerHale Senior Partner Kelsey Quigley and attorney Jessica Lutkenhaus. This episode focuses on the important intersection of climate justice and human rights, and highlights the work of environmental defenders around the world and the threats they sometimes face. Picolotti has filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, challenging the criminal charges brought against her by Argentina for a crime she did not commit and which she says is politically motivated and filed in retaliation for his groundbreaking environmental justice efforts.
The case has languished in Argentine courts for nearly 15 years and is just one example of how legal and criminal proceedings around the world have sometimes been used to threaten and intimidate environmental defenders, at a time when their work to fight the climate crisis is ever more important. most important. Quigley and Lutkenhaus are two of the attorneys on Picolotti’s WilmerHale legal team, which also includes partner David Bowker and partner Courtney Murray, both of whom deserve special thanks for their work on this case.
Quigley focuses his practice on representing individuals and corporations involved in investigations, improving regulatory compliance and complex litigation/controversies. She is part of the firm’s world-renowned litigation team and is active in pro bono cases involving human rights and critical issues related to Latin America. Lutkenhaus represents businesses and individuals in criminal defense and civil and governmental regulatory litigation matters, and has considerable experience in governmental and internal investigations. Lutkenhaus was selected as a 2019 WilmerHale Pickering Fellow and spent six months with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). She also represents pro bono clients in various cases, including one alleging numerous violations of the American Convention on Human Rights.