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HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts

Episode 3: Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence Laws: What are their Implications Regarding Corporate Climate Change Impacts?

Date: 24 September 2020

Time: 11:00 - 12:30 BST

Venue: Online



Developments around mandatory human rights due diligence laws are multiplying across Europe, and increasingly include climate change impacts within their scope. As a result, companies, regulators, judges, legal advisors, civil society and the public are asking what the legal implications of these due diligence laws will be for companies relating to their climate change impacts.

In this webinar series of the newly established BIICL Human Rights Due Diligence Forum, the discussion will turn on the nature of due diligence as a legal standard of care, how this can be applied in relation to climate change, and what the practical implications for companies are likely to be.


Several examples of existing and proposed mandatory human rights due diligence laws expressly include environmental harms, which are commonly recognised to include climate change impacts. For example, some of the first cases which have been brought in accordance with the French Duty of Vigilance Law relate to the alleged failure to institute adequate vigilance for climate change impacts. However, in the absence of case law, it is not yet clear how these new legal concepts around due diligence will be applied to climate change impacts.

This panel will consider the legal implications of the scope of some new and proposed mandatory human rights due diligence laws, and focus on how the respective legal standards would apply to companies in terms of undertaking climate chance due diligence.


  • Surya Deva, City University of Hong Kong
  • Merryl Lawry-White, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Chiara Macchi, Wageningen University
  • Kathia Martin-Chenut, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Paul Mougeolle, PhD Candidate (Paris 10/Potsdam) and Notre affaire à tous
  • Sara Seck, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Roda Verheyen, Rechtsanwälte Günther
  • Lena Walker, University of Münster, Institute for Environmental and Planning Law

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Pricing and Registration

Attending the event is free of charge for members of the Human Rights Due Diligence Forum. Forum Members can register by emailing the Events team.

Charges to attend this session only are below. You can book for all sessions together here.

BIICL Members:
Episode 3 only: £10

Episode 3 only: £15


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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


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