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15th December 2009

The conference will discuss the legal implications of corporate involvement in human rights violations directly perpetrated by their joint venture partners in zones of weak governance. Discussion will centre around 4 themes:
  • International Law and corporations
  • The legal risks associated with corporate complicity in human rights violations (with a focus on the notable October 2009 judgment in Presbyterian Church of Sudan v. Talisman Energy)
  • Soft Law mechanisms and whether or not they represent a developing legal framework regulating corporate responsibility for human rights
  • Human rights due diligence and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights

The conference will also present the tentative conclusions of the joint Lauterpacht Centre for International Law/first Africa research project on corporate complicity in human rights violations based at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law:

Please click here for a copy of the programme

Business executives, academics, representatives of legal and financial advisory firms, civil society and any other interested parties.

The cost of the conference in £75.00 and includes dinner at Clare College, Cambridge University and lunch at the Cambridge University Faculty of Law.

Directions to the venue are available at:

Registration is essential, please contact Miss Vuyelwa Kuuya 01223 748 988 and as space is limited.

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