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Addressing Conflicts Between International Human Rights Standards and National Laws and Practices

BIICL is undertaking a study for the Business Network on addressing conflicts between international human rights standards and national laws or practices.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights expect companies to respect international human rights wherever they operate. Questions often arise as to how businesses should adhere to international human rights standards when faced with contradictory national laws or practices. The study will provide some examples of how these tensions manifest themselves, and how business may seek to address these challenges in practice.

The research team on this project consists of Robert McCorquodale, Lise Smit, Associate Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, and Arianne Griffith, Research Assistant in Business and Human Rights.

It is envisioned that the findings of the project will be published in 2018.