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Business and Human Rights

Research Projects and Reports

BIICL and PRI: Human Rights in Private Equity Investment

When national law conflicts with international human rights standards: Recommendations for Business

Access to Judicial Remedies

Access to Remedies and the UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights Due Diligence

Human Rights Responsibilities in Oil and Gas Operations: Applying the UN Guiding Principles

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

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

Events

2018

  • 17 May: Launch of Human Rights Due Diligence in Law and Practice, at Norton Rose Fulbright in London (details to be provided soon)
  • May: Launch of Business Network's Addressing Conflicts Between International Human Rights Standards and National Laws or Practices (details to be provided soon)

2017

2016

Roundtable Discussion on the UK National Contact Point

Press coverage

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.