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Due Diligence: Rhetoric to Practice

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

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About the event

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (or "Ruggie Principles") are the framework for all current approaches in this area. A key element of them is the concept of 'due diligence' to define and elaborate the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.

There is considerable uncertainty about the meaning of due diligence. Thus there is potential for confusion as to the extent of the responsibility to protect and the degree of remedial action required by business when there are adverse human rights impacts. This seminar addressed the various meanings and impacts of the concept of due diligence, and their consequences and implementation in practice.

The speakers included those from legal practice, corporations, academia and non-governmental organisations, as well as others who are addressing these issues.


  • Michael Addo, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Robin Brooks, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London
  • Dr James Harrison, University of Warwick
  • Rae Lindsay, Clifford Chance LLP, London
  • Prof Robert McCorquodale, BIICL
  • Andrea Shemberg, LSE and former Legal Adviser to John Ruggie
  • Mark B Taylor, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies, Norway
  • Margaret Wachenfeld, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam
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