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Protection and recovery for vulnerable groups, post pandemic: 

European and Asian approaches

Date: 18 October 2023

Time: 09.00 - 11.30 (UK time)

Venue: Online

Event Details

In the post-pandemic era, business and human rights protection underwent significant shifts. Global supply chain disruptions exposed the need for greater supply chain transparency and due diligence, urging businesses to avoid inadvertently supporting human rights abuses. The surge in remote work and digital reliance has raised concerns about data privacy and labour rights, while the pandemic's economic impact emphasised the necessity of robust labour safeguards.

In light of this, how did businesses adapt their supply chain strategies to ensure transparency and prevent human rights abuses, particularly for vulnerable groups and marginalised communities, in response to disruptions caused by the pandemic? What specific challenges did vulnerable individuals and groups face in terms of data privacy and digital rights as businesses transitioned to remote work, and how were these challenges addressed to ensure fair treatment and protection? In what ways did businesses prioritize labour rights for vulnerable and marginalised workers in their post-pandemic recovery efforts, and what were the outcomes for these groups in terms of working conditions, wages, and social protections?

Part two of this series delve into the nuanced experiences of vulnerable groups and individuals within the broader context of business and human rights protection in the aftermath of the pandemic. The event forms part of the JSPS-UKRI funded project co-organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and Kyoto University: Covid-19 and the law: protection and recovery for vulnerable groups. Bringing together academics and practitioners from Asian and European jurisdictions, the seminar offer directions for research that can shed light on the impacts and strategies implemented to ensure equitable treatment and safeguard the rights of those who are more susceptible to adverse effects.

Pricing and Registration

This event is free to attend but pre-registration is required.

Event convened by Dr Sara Razai, Research Fellow & International Projects Lead, BIICL, and Prof. Eva Lein, University of Lausanne and BIICL.

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9.15  - 10.15 Session 1: Family and post-pandemic recovery 

Chair: Dr Sara Razai,  BIICL


10.20 - 11.20 Session 2: Business and Human Rights 

Chair: Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci,  BIICL


CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 3 CPD hours.


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