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Business and Human Rights: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles

15th September 2011

Post-event update:
A summary report of this conference, produced by Lara Blecher and Camilla Wee, can be downloaded here.


This conference brings together experts from academia, business, government, international organisations, private legal practice and the non-profit sector, to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with implementation of the UN Guiding Principles drafted by Professor John Ruggie. The focus will be on the actions business and governments might take to implement the Guiding Principles. Panelists will consider the implications of the recommendations Professor Ruggie has made in relation to a wide number of issues, including: the State's duty to protect human rights; corporate liability for human rights abuse; remedies; and the challenges faced by businesses operating in high risk environments.

Participants Include:

Graham Baxter, International Business Leaders' Forum
Susan Bird, European Commission
Aidan Davy, International Council on Mining and Metals
Dr Mary Dowell-Jones, University of Nottingham Human Rights Centre
Frans Evers, Dutch National Contact Point
Patricia Feeney, Rights and Accountability in International Development
Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Government of Ecuador
Ingrid Gubbay, Hausfeld LLP
Marie-France Houde, OECD
Vuyelwa Kuuya, Cornell University
Benedetta Lacey, Amnesty International
Andie Lambe, Global Witness
Mauricio Lazala, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Rae Lindsay, Clifford Chance LLP
Larrissa Loy, International Financial Corporation
Dr Radu Mares, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Professor Doreen McBarnet CBE, University of Oxford
Richard Meeran, Leigh Day & Co
John Morrison, Institute for Human Rights and Business
Professor Peter Muchlinski, School of Oriental and African Studies
Dr Claire Methven O'Brien, Danish Institute of Human Rights
Federico Ortino, King's College London
Andrea Shemberg, former legal advisor to Professor John Ruggie
Audley Sheppard, Clifford Chance LLP
John Sherman, Harvard University
Dame Meg Taylor, World Bank Group
Marie Tuma, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Dr Christopher Ward, 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
Dr Emma Wilson, International Institute for Environment and Development
Charlotte Wolf, ArcelorMittal
Dr Jennifer Zerk, Jennifer Zerk Consulting

Please Note:

A conference dinner will be held at 7.30pm on the evening of 15 September on the 30th floor of the offices of Clifford Chance LLP. The dinner is open to all conference attendees. The cost of the dinner is £38.00 pp and includes a three course meal and drinks, and a keynote speaker (tbc) will reflect on the future for the Ruggie Framework. To book please click here.

Conference programme available here


Sponsored by

Clifford Chance


The Söderberg Foundations (Torsten och Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelser)


Raoul Wallenberg Institute


International Bar Association


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