Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Spring 2013 Seminar Series: Laura Seay

Date and Time
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


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Morehouse College Assistant Professor of Political Science Laura Seay will present on "Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences:  Conflict Minerals & Policy Responses to the DRC Crisis."

Although its provisions have yet to be implemented, section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is already having a profound effect on the Congolese mining sector. Nicknamed “Obama’s Law” by the Congolese, section 1502 has created a de facto ban on Congolese mineral exports, put anywhere from tens of thousands up to 2 million Congolese miners out of work in the eastern Congo, and, despite ending most of the trade in Congolese conflict minerals, done little to improve the security situation or the daily lives of most Congolese. During her talk, Seay will trace the development of section 1502 with respect to the pursuit of a conflict minerals-based strategy by U.S. advocates, examine the effects of the legislation, and recommend new courses of action to move forward in a way that both promotes accountability and transparency and allows Congolese artisanal miners to earn a living under safe and human rights-respecting conditions.