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Business and human rights

BIICL has extensive expertise in the area of business and human rights, the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and legal developments around human rights due diligence.

Our Business and Human Rights team undertakes research and produces reports on for wide-ranging audiences, including business, legal practitioners, governments and civil society.

We also provide training, submit consultations in legislative processes around the globe, and host events on business and human rights-related topics. Our UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series is a membership initiative for legal practitioners working on these issues.

Current and Recent Projects

A "Failure to prevent" mechanism for adverse human rights impacts This project explores what a proposed "failure to prevent" mechanism for corporate human rights impacts could look like.

When national law conflicts with international human rights standards: Recommendations for Business . Recent study for the Business Network on how business could address conflicts which arise between international human rights standards and national laws where they operate.

Business and Human Rights Due Diligence in Supply Chains. Joint two-phased project with Norton Rose Fulbright examining how large corporates conduct human rights due diligence. The first report (2016) examined the law and practice of human rights due diligence and the second report (2017) focused on human rights due diligence in the supply chain.

BIICL and PRI: Human Rights in Private Equity Investment. Summary of discussions from the BIICL / PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment ) Workhop in June 2017. Explores the implications of expectations for human rights due diligence by investors, private equity firms and/or their portfolio companies, and discusses what guidance and direction is needed.

UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series

Additional Work in Business and Human Rights


Recent Events

29 January 2019: UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series: The UNGPs and Legal Accountability in Corporate Groups

4 October 2018: UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series: Human Rights Due Diligence as a Legal Standard and Defence.

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


Lise Smit Associate Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights

Dr Irene Pietropaoli Research Fellow in Business & Human Rights


BIICL would like to thank Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright, the Bingham Centre Business Network members and PRI for their support of projects in this area.