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Human Rights Due Diligence Forum


The Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) Forum is a platform for legal practitioners working in the area of business and human rights to discuss developments arising from the UNGPs as they relate specifically to legal practice. It is a closed space for the free exchange of experiences and ideas under Chatham House Rules.

The Forum is a membership-based group, bringing together some of the most expert and experienced lawyers working in the field. The Forum is structured around 3-4 Roundtables a year involving thematic discussions on business and human rights related topics as they relate to legal practitioners. On occasion, external speakers may be invited to present on certain topics.

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Forum Director

The Forum Director is Lise Smit. Lise conducts research on corporate human rights due diligence and other aspects of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Prior to joining the Institute, Lise was a practicing advocate at the Cape Town Bar in South Africa. She has worked on business and human rights issues for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the UN Global Compact Office.

Advisory Board 

Since its inception the Forum's programme has been guided on an informal basis by a small Advisory Board which currently comprises:

  • Robin Brooks, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Julianne Hughes-Jennett, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Daniel Leader, Leigh Day
  • Professor Robert McCorquodale, Brick Court Chambers
  • Suzanne Spears, PAXUS LLP
  • Lise Smit, BIICL

Forum Members

HRDD Forum members include some of the most expert and experienced lawyers, academics and government officials and international civil servants working in the area of business and human rights. The Forum's membership is increasingly global, with current members in Australia, France, Germany, Nigeria, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

The Forum has members from the following organisations:

  • Allens (Australia)
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Council of Ethics of the Norwegian Global Pension Fund
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Doughty Street Chambers
  • Geulen & Klinger
  • Hausfeld
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery
  • Lalive
  • Laudes Foundation
  • Leigh Day
  • Linklaters
  • Matrix Chambers
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Paxus LLP
  • Pogust Goodhead
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
  • Temple Garden Chambers
  • Twenty Essex Street
  • Vieira de Almeida & Associados
  • Volterra Fietta
  • White & Case
  • Withers
  • Zelle
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