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The International Tribunal for E-waste: Ending the Race
Towards Lethal Fallout
Erin McIntire†
Creating Forums for E-waste Claims that Serve as an Interim Monetary Solution to Human Rights Violations Caused by E-Waste Black
Markets.
In today’s high-tech era, the temptation for upgrades is everywhere:
a slimmer cell phone, a sleeker desktop, a sportier BlackBerry. But
the consequences of the constant quest for better gadgetry are piling
up.
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Reporter Juliet Eilperin1

TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Introduction ......................................................................................... 77
II. Trash Receptacle: E-waste Dumping Grounds In Ghana and Nigeria82
A. How E-waste Developed in West Africa ........................................ 82
B. Annual Dumping Worldwide and within West Africa ................... 83
C. Deadly E-waste Areas in West Africa ............................................ 84
1. Welcome to Ikeja Computer Village, Lagos, Nigeria: The EWaste Hub of Africa ...................................................................... 84

† Erin McIntire is a third-year law student at Seattle University School of Law who focused her studies
on international law and human rights law. She will receive her Juris Doctor from Seattle University
School of Law in May 2015. Ms. McIntire served as the Notes and Comments Editor for the Seattle
Journal of Environmental Law. She graduated in May 2012 with a B.A. in Professional
Strategic Communications, a B.A. in Dance, and a minor in French from the University of MinnesotaTwin Cities. She would like to thank Professor Ananya Chatterjea (Ananya Dance Theatre) for helping
develop her interests in using the law as a tool to solve global justice issues.
1. Juliet Eilperin, Dead Electronics Going to Waste: Millions of Tons of Used Devices Pose
Threat to Environment, WASHINGTON POST, Jan. 21, 2005, at A04.

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