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Implementing Dodd-Frank 1502/1504

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
1:30pm – 6:00pm

Storrs Campus
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Konover Auditorium

Implementing Dodd-Frank 1502/1504:

Advancing Human Rights through Financial Reporting

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

The passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 marked the most significant revision of US financial regulations since the Great Depression. Among the most innovative—and controversial—features of the law were the provisions requiring the Securities and Exchange Commission to receive reports from corporations disclosing whether “conflict minerals” originating in or around the Democratic Republic of Congo are used in the manufacture of their products. This provision, contained in Section 1502 of the Act, was designed to address ongoing concerns about the way in which the extraction of certain resources in eastern DRC was contributing to the endemic violence and massive violation of human rights in the wider region. After many months of consultations, the SEC issued the reporting requirement rule in August 2012, which established disclosure process for compliance with the Section 1502 provisions. Having withstood legal challenges, these rules are now in effect and will require companies to submit their first disclosures on May 31, 2014.

Timed to coincide with the approaching reporting deadline, these events will explore the potential legal, political, and economic impacts of Dodd-Frank Section 1502 and the larger legislative and administrative aspirations, implementation, and impacts of the provision and rule.

1:30PM-3:00PM – Panel of Experts featuring:
Erika George (University of Utah)
Sasha Lezhnev (Enough Project)
Laura Seay (Colby College)
Celia Taylor (University of Denver)
Moderator: Stephen Park (UConn School of Business)

3:30PM-5:30PM – Keynote Panel featuring:

Remarks by the Honorable Christopher J. Dodd

Discussion with
Neil Brown (former Senior Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee)
Toby Whitney (former Chief of Staff, Rep. Jim McDermott)

Moderator: Patricia McCoy (UConn School of Law)

5:30PM-6:30PM – Public Reception

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Admission Fee: Free


Glenn Mitoma

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center (primary), Human Rights Institute, Office of Global Affairs, School of Business, UConn Master Calendar, UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights

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