Research Projects and Reports
Submissions and Consultations
UN Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations: Submission on proposed business and human rights treaty
OHCHR Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights: Submission on draft general comment on State obligations in the context of business activities
Department of the Attorney General - Australia: Submission on Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement
Contributed to the "Modern slavery and global supply chains" report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
Opinion Pieces, Blogs and Podcasts
Lise Smit and Gabrielle Holly, "When national laws or local practices conflict with human rights: Recommendations for global operations and supply chains" Business and Human Rights Resource Centre Blog series, 11 June 2018
Arianne Griffith, "National laws vs human rights: what happens when companies must choose?" Ethicalcorp, 7 June 2018
FAQ: Business and Human Rights after Brexit, Lise Smit, Bingham Centre Brexit FAQ Series, September 2017
Podcast: Business and Human Rights after Brexit, Lise Smit and Justine Stefanelli, Bingham Centre Brexit Podcast Series
Vedanta court ruling a 'major victory for corporate human rights campaigners', Gabrielle Holly and Lise Smit, Ethical Corporation, 22 November 2017
Access to Remedy Under the UNGPs: Vedanta and the Expansion of Parent Company Liability, Gabrielle Holly, EJIL: Talk, 31 October 2017
Why companies need to know their impact on human rights, Lise Smit, The FCPA Blog,29 March 2017
A First Timer's Perspective on the 4th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Freya Dinshaw, 11 January 2016.
Human rights due diligence: Can my business start by focusing on one or a few human rights?, Lise Smit, CSR Wire, 1 July 2015
Why do corporate lawyers need to know about human rights?, Lise Smit, Halsbury's Law Exchange, 17 June 2015
For an interview with Robert McCorquodale on the difference between corporate social responsibility and human rights, click here.
Chapters and Articles
Robert McCorquodale and Arianne Griffith, "The Soft Law Nature of the OECD Guidelines: An Impediment for Access to Remedy?" in 40 Years of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Pedone, 2018)
Robert McCorquodale and Lise Smit, "Human Rights, Responsibilities and Due Diligence: Key Issues for a Treaty" in Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights, Surya Deva and David Bilchitz (eds) (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Robert McCorquodale, Lise Smit, Stuart Neely and Robin Brooks, Human Rights Due Diligence in Law and Practice: Good Practices and Challenges for Business Enterprises (2017) BHRJ 2(2) 195.
Jonathan Bonnitcha and Robert McCorquodale, The Concept of 'Due Diligence' in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (2017) EJIL 28(3) 921
Lise Smit, "Human Rights Good Practice for Business Operating in Areas with Violent Crime" UN Global Compact Good Practice Notes, 31 May 2017:
Lise Smit, "Binding corporate human rights obligations: A few observations from the South African legal framework" (2016) 1:2 Business and Human Rights Journal 349
- 17 May - Human Rights Due Diligence in Supply Chains Forum
- 21 May - What business should do when national laws conflict with international human rights
- 21 June - UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series:Voluntary commitments and legal risk: trends in soft and hard law
- 4 October UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series: Human Rights Due Diligence as a Legal Standard and Defence
- Collective redress procedures in human rights claims against businesses
- Access to remedy in national action plans to implement the UNGPs: Are States still taking a nap?
- Private security and human rights
- Harry Weinrebe Annual Lecture: Perspectives on 15 years in Business and Human Rights- and on where we may be going next
Roundtable Discussion on the UK National Contact Point
For press coverage of our business and human rights work in, amongst others, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC and South China Morning Post, see here.