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Short Course: Business and Human Rights

Date: 5 Sessions: 10, 17, 24, 31 March and 7 April 2022

Time: 13.00 - 15.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Course Details

Business and human rights is an area of international human rights law in continuous development at the international and national levels. On successful completion of BIICL's Business and Human Rights training course participants will:

  • Understand the human rights impacts resulting from business activities;
  • Be aware of the core concepts and principles established by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
  • Understand corporate human rights due diligence requirements and developments at the international, regional, and national levels;
  • Understand the context of business and human rights as a field of work.
  • During the course participants will consider recent examples of business and human rights issues, including case law.

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Course Trainers

  • Lise Smit, Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights and Director, Human Rights Due Diligence Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (course leader)
  • Dr. Irene Pietropaoli, Research Leader in Business and Human Rights, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Dr. Claire Bright, Assistant Professor in Private Law, Director of the NOVA Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment at NOVA Law School, University of Lisbon

Who is the course for?

The course is for a wide range of professionals interested in business and human rights, including in-house counsel, legal practitioners, NGO representatives, government representatives, academics, PhD students and other professionals.

Course Format

The virtual course format will consist of a series of 5 sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen.

Testimonials from past attendees

"Fantastic course! High-level content was delivered in a clear, interesting and engaging way. Fascinating discussions occurred in every session and helpful resources shared throughout."

"Fabulous course, excellently structured and presented, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion."

"Very relevant - new developments referred to throughout whole course."

Pricing and Registration



Course Discounts

Member Discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships 

Group Discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the group discounts please Contact Us 

Training Scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least three weeks ahead of the course start date (17 February 2022).

Find out more about training scholarships 

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 10 CPD hours. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 80% of all sessions.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

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