Transnational legal activism in global value chains

10 September 2021, 1:00 pm

Almost a decade after the tragic and avoidable fire at the Ali Enterprises textile factory on 11 September 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan, which cost the lives of at least 255 workers and left another 55 injured, many of the egregious and inadequate working conditions have not significantly improved. The high number of deaths was due to the widespread neglect of basic fire safety measures in the factory building, a common fact that has led to other deadly factory tragedies in neighbouring countries as recently as the factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 9 July 2021. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung host an international panel discussion on to commemorate the loss of human life in Karachi nine years ago and to mark the publication of a collaborative research project and book Transnational legal activism in global value chains which explores the legal advocacy and law reform efforts that have been unfolding after the disaster. 

We invite you to a panel discussion, which will feature a number of the Pakistani contributors to the book, who have also been protagonists in the struggle for justice around the Ali Enterprises factory fire as well as other NGO experts.


Saeeda Khatoon (Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association, Pakistan)
Nasir Mansoor (National Trade Union Federation, Pakistan)
Faisal Sidiqi (Supreme Court Advocate and Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research)
Miriam Saage-Maaß (ECCHR, Germany)


Peer Zumbansen (McGill University, Canada)

Organizational information and registration:

The conference languages are English and partly Urdu. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Please register here by 7 September 2021.

Please note: You will receive the Zoom access link by email one day before the event.

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