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Amal Clooney to speak at APEC CEO Summit 2021


Amal Clooney, an award winning lawyer who specialises in international law and human rights, will deliver a keynote address at this year’s APEC CEO Summit.

Ms Clooney will discuss her work defending victims of human rights abuses around the world and share thoughts on human rights in today’s digital world. She will also urge Summit attendees to reflect on the humanitarian impact of business and the responsibility of business leaders to put respect for human rights at the core of their decision making to support global issues.

The fully virtual CEO Summit will be hosted from Auckland, New Zealand, on 11-12 November (NZT) and will be broadcast “as live” to audiences across 21 APEC economies.

Ms Clooney represents victims of human rights violations and has appeared in cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights. She frequently represents victims of mass atrocities, including genocide and sexual violence, and she has successfully defended and freed political prisoners including journalists around the world.

Ms Clooney is a Special Adviser to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Karim Khan QC and a member of the UK government’s team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones. She is also appointed to the UK Attorney General’s panel of experts on public international law and has served as deputy chair of a panel of legal experts on media freedom chaired by former UK Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger.

Ms Clooney is the author of ‘The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law’ published by Oxford University Press in 2020. She is a visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and co-founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which aims to wage justice for women, journalists and minorities through accountability for human rights abuses around the world.

Amal Clooney joins Helen Clark,  Richard Edelman, Professor Jonathan HaidtDr David SuzukiAmber Mac and Tony Fernandes as keynote speakers at the summit. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in being part of the APEC CEO Summit 2021 you can register through the website.

This year’s APEC CEO Summit is a virtual gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies.  Delegates will attend the Summit online as it is hosted using an immersive stage and the latest digital technologies and broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on 11 and 12 November 2021 (NZT).

The APEC CEO Summit 2021 will focus on five themes:

The state of the world with and post Covid: economic recovery, trade and protectionism.

The Digital Disruption Opportunity: digital transformation, technology and innovation, and the importance of digital equity.

The Primacy of Trust: ESG (environmental, social, governance) – the next focus for business, and business as a force for good.

The Future of Energy: clean technology, renewable energy, and energy transition including hydrogen.

The Sustainability Imperative: sustainable growth, climate change, food sustainability and provenance.

The Summit is being supported by premier partners:  PwC (Knowledge Partner), Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft, and Westpac NZ.

For more information:

Cas Carter, 021 341 509, APEC2021media@mfat.govt.nz

Visit the website APEC 2021 NZ: APEC CEO Summit for the latest news and information on the programme, speakers and registration.

Media is welcome to attend the APEC CEO Summit 2021. Visit the website for more information.

Follow the CEO Summit LinkedIn @APEC CEO Summit 2021.

Editor’s note:

About the APEC CEO Summit

The APEC CEO Summit is the most influential meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific. The forum provides opportunities for governance, chief executives and world business leaders to engage with each other and with the leaders of the APEC economies. Each year, the CEO Summit draws the region’s business leaders, intellectuals, and media personalities for interactive discussions with APEC Leaders on key trade and economic issues facing the Asia-Pacific. 

The summit in November will address the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time, providing a forum to develop solutions for the region’s future. It will be a virtual event – broadcast live from Auckland, New Zealand to delegates across the Asia-Pacific using an immersive stage and the latest digital technologies, supported by satellite events in selected cities. It will provide a unique opportunity to connect with other business leaders around the region. PwC has retained their long association as Knowledge Partner of the 2021 APEC CEO Summit. They are joined by additional Premier Partners Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft and Westpac NZ. Barbara Chapman is the Chair of the APEC CEO Summit 2021.