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Human Rights Due Diligence Forum


The BIICL Human Rights Due Diligence 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.

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.


The Forum's strength lies in its membership, which is made up of legal practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds and jurisdictions globally, including from commercial law firms, claimant firms and the Bar. Members meet regularly (3-4 times each year) to discuss topical issues. Overseas members join by video call facilities. In addition, there will be one public conference per year on a business and human rights-related topic, which members may attend for free.

Membership to this Forum is available by invitation only to legal practitioners in the area of business and human rights, and legal academics whose work focuses on matters of legal practice.

To guarantee an expert level of debate and continuity, membership is for named individuals only. However, members may nominate a named colleague with experience in the area to represent them on those occasions when they are unable to attend meetings.

Membership rates

Membership of the Forum is available at the following rates (exclusive of VAT):

  • Legal practice membership (one person): £1,000
  • Legal practice membership (three people): £2,500
  • Sole practitioner/academic: £400
  • Non-UK based member (one person): £400

 For more information on Forum membership please contact Lise Smit.

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