3 Ways EU Conflict Minerals Rule Differs From US Approach

Law360, New York (March 20, 2017, 5:26 PM EDT) -- Sue Millar

Nate Lankford

Quinnie Lin On March 16, 2017, the European Union Parliament passed a comprehensive conflict minerals regulation after nearly four years of stakeholder meetings and deliberations. The EU regulation is aimed at addressing the same human rights issues — forced labor, forced resettlement, and various forms of violence — linked to the demand for certain minerals from Africa that prompted the U.S. Congress to pass Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

While the EU and U.S. regulatory regimes are similar in some respects, there are notable differences between the two...

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