Guillaume de Brier – 2024 – Securing EU cobalt supply chain AND having a positive impact on mining-affected communities? Considering the potential of artisanal mining.


In the last decade, the EU adopted several regulations to secure its supply of critical raw materials and to ensure that human rights are respected throughout the supply chain, from the upstream to the downstream level. With a focus on the cobalt extracted in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this session will assess the achievements of these regulations, discuss their unintended consequences and how to address them.


Guillaume de Brier is a Researcher at IPIS. He specialises in conflict analysis and natural resources governance, particularly in the mining sector in Central Africa.

Over the last years, Guillaume focused on the EU strategies to supply critical and strategic minerals and to regulate the sector. He dedicates specific attention to the impact of EU responsible sourcing regulations in resource-rich countries, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Before joining IPIS, Guillaume was the Human Rights Programme Officer for UNAIDS, in Rwanda. He previously worked with the Belgian Cooperation (Enabel) in Burundi on the implementation of public health reforms. Guillaume is also the producer of the feature-length documentary “We Will Win Peace,” which analyses mineral regulations and conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Guillaume holds a Masters in Conflict and Development (UGent) and a Bachelor in Contemporary History (ULB).