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Collective HRDD Engagement and Competition Law

Date: 23 May 2022

Time: 14.00 - 15.30 (UK time)

Venue: Hybrid (BIICL and online)


Event Details

At this session, we will consider how companies that engage with peers in their industry on the implementation of human rights due diligence might in so doing run competition law risks.

While this has been an area of interest since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, it is of increasing interest in light of the newly published European Commission proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, specifically Articles 7(2)(e) and 8(3)(f), which will require companies "in compliance with Union law including competition law, [to] collaborate with other entities" to increase the company's ability to bring adverse impacts to an end "in particular where no other action is suitable or effective".

Speakers will provide examples from industry where these questions have arisen, and competition law experts will discuss when and how competition law might apply in these scenarios.


Lise Smit, Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, BIICL


  • Tim Johnston, Brick Court Chambers
  • Jason Judd, ILR School, Cornell University
  • Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, BIICL
  • Rachel Munns, Tesco
  • ValĂ©ria da Silva, ESCP

Event convened by Lise Smit , Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights and Director, Human Rights Due Diligence Forum, BIICL and Dr Irene Pietropaoli , Research Leader in Business and Human Rights, BIICL


This is a closed meeting, open only to members of the BIICL Human Rights Due Diligence Forum (HRDD). HRDD Forum members wishing to attend can register by emailing the Events Team.

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events Team

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