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A4ID Law and Development Training Programme 2019: Module 4

Sat 23 March, 2019

Business & Human Rights

The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights – What’s new in the digital age?

Isabel Ebert, University of St. Gallen

Adopted in 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) have become the key reference for human rights conduct by companies globally. Being a soft law tool in nature, the UNGPs triggered several hard law regulations being adopted by several EU member states, Australia, and partly the US in the recent years. Adding to this, many states have adopted National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, indicating how each state is implementing the UNGPs on a national level. Several member states or industry association launched new sector initiatives to establish a level playing field among companies, making them commit to common standards and practices on human rights due diligence. This session will depict key developments and trends in the field internationally, followed by case studies. The session puts an emphasis on business and human rights in the digital age. 

The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights – Advising Responsibly

Anna Kirkpatrick, Clifford Chance LLP

Wether working in-house or in a law firm, lawyers are increasingly expected to understand and advise on the human rights implications related to our work.  To do so responsibly requires an understanding of the soft law instruments that frame this area, most notably, the UN Guiding Principles of Human Rights. It also requires lawyers to be aware of the emerging range of hard law that supports the implementation of the Guiding Principles, in particular in relation to the increasing number of reporting requirements imposed on companies. We will use a practical case study to consider how human rights issues arise in the course of business and to consider how lawyers can assist businesses manage their human rights whilst taking into account our own professional, legal and ethical responsibilities.

For more information on how to book your place on this course please click here. The deadline for ‘early bird’ discounts and scholarships is 30th November 2018.


Sat 23 March, 2019


Advocates for International Development