Olivier is an associate with Hausfeld in London practicing in the Human Rights and Environment department. He is currently acting for a group of farmers from the Copper Belt region of Zambia in pollution claims against UK-based mining company Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary.
Olivier works with communities affected by multinational companies operations and provides strategic advice to civil society organizations to bolster their campaign for human rights protection and corporate accountability. He is involved in a full range of investigations, exploring potential legal actions and use of accountability mechanisms to address harm suffered as a result of environmental degradation and human rights violation.
Olivier has organized a series of seminars exploring different legal angles primarily targeted at UK and EU domestic remedies for business-related harm, the so called “Third Pillar” of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: remedies in the context of the right to water (January 2014), financial institutions funding environmental harm (April 2015) and climate change (February 2016).
Prior to joining Hausfeld, Olivier worked in private legal practice advising on commercial transactions and dispute resolution with a focus on extractive industries operating in Africa. He is a graduate of University College London (UCL) where he obtained a LLM in International Environmental Law in 2012.
In 2011, he assisted the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (CSRI) at Harvard Kennedy School and the Center of Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland in a research project assessing costs of conflicts between local communities and mining companies – from reputational damage to litigation risk.
Olivier is a member the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and the Solicitors’ International Human Rights Group.