Senior International Law Advisor IISD
Dr. Howard Mann is a senior advisor to the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, and Sustainable Development (IGF) and the Senior International Law Advisor for IISD, where he specializes in international law relating to investment and sustainable development. From 1999 to 2009, Howard founded and managed IISD’s Investment and Sustainable Development Program. During and since this period, he has worked with colleagues to advise government officials from over 80 developing countries and multiple regional organizations on international investment law issues, investment treaty negotiations, investment contract negotiations in mining and agriculture, and the development of sound domestic investment laws and policies from a sustainable development perspective. Of particular importance to the globalized mining sectors, Howard brings unique expertise to the relationship between the different sources of international and domestic law to his work, including expertise in Canada’s international obligations to foreign investors. He also brings relevant human rights experience, including serving as an advisor to the United Nations on the work of Professor John Ruggie, which led to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Howard was a leading participant in the development and drafting of the Model Mining Development Agreement (MMDA), the first internationally recognized model contract on mining from a sustainable development perspective. In particular, his work drafting MMDA sections on local business development, employment, community development agreements, and infrastructure development and sharing have been utilized by IISD, Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG) and others to improve mining legislation and mine development agreements around the world. Howard is a recognized leader in training for developing countries on mining law and contracts and best practices, having participated and led regional and national-level training programs in Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining IISD, he was a specialist in international and constitutional law relating to the environment as counsel with the federal Department of Justice. In that capacity, he was part of Canadian negotiation delegations on Climate Change, Biodiversity, Hazardous Waste and other international conventions. He also led the constitutional work on the development of Canadian implementation legislation for these agreements and on the drafting of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Howard also led the federal side in developing a working group of federal and provincial lawyers working on environmental law to promote greater harmony in governmental approaches across the country during a critical time in the development of that field.
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From 14:00 To 16:00
02/03/2020 14:00 02/03/2020 16:00 IGF Sustainability Roundtables - Mining 4.0: How technology and innovation are transforming the mining sector Innovation and new technology in mining is bringing a host of new opportunities and challenges. This session will draw on recent work by IGF and partners to explore two sets of issues in particular: skills and the future of work, and implications for government revenues.
14:00 – 14:10 Welcome and context setting: Aaron Cosbey, Senior Associate, IGF
14:10 – 15:00 Part 1: Building skills for a sustainable future
This session will ask what new mining technologies will mean for the future of work: what types of skills will be needed; and how can mining companies, governments and others ensure that locals have the requisite skills to allow mining to make its full contribution to sustainable development?
Moderator: Aaron Cosbey, Senior Associate, IGF
Aiden Davy, Chief Operating Officer, International Council on Mining and Metals
Jörgen Sandström, Head of mining and Minerals, World Economic Forum
15:05 – 15:55 Part 2: Technology and the future of government revenues
This session will explore potential impacts of technological innovation on mining tax revenues: what new mining tax issues will arise; how will existing fiscal regimes respond; and how can governments and industry work together to achieve a coherent and effective result?
Moderator: Alexandra Readhead, IGF Technical Advisor on BEPS
Bwalya Ng’andu, Minister of Finance, Republic of Zambia (TBC)
Logan Wort, Executive Secretary, African Tax Administration Forum
15:55 – 16:00: Closing
|Aidan Davy Alvin Mosioma Dr. Howard Mann Froydis Cameron-Johannson Howard Mann Jörgen Sandström Kemal Özkan Kingsley Chanda Lee Corrick|
From 14:00 To 16:00