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HRDD Forum Membership

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 (typically 3-4 times each year) to discuss topical issues. In addition, there will be one public conference per year on a business and human rights-related topic, which members may attend for free.

Benefits of Membership

Members have a direct influence on the agenda of the Forum and are invited to recommend topics for debate in the group. The HRDD Forum shares the excellent reputation enjoyed by the British Institute of International & Comparative Law for independence, even handedness and academic rigour.

More specifically membership benefits include:

  • Invitations to 3 to 4 closed thematic sessions per year, on topics relating to legal practice in the area of business and human rights.
  • Free attendance of one annual public conference in the area of business and human rights.
  • The opportunity to recommend guest speakers to be invited to Forum discussions and conferences.

All Forum members also receive the following benefits: electronic access to the ICLQ;  one free place per organisation at any standard BIICL evening event; and named forum representatives will also be eligible for BIICL member rate at other public Institute events.

Conditions of Membership

Membership to this Forum is available by invitation only to legal practitioners in the area of business and human rights.

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

  • Law Firm: £2,750
  • Individual: £1,100
  • Barrister/sole practitioner: £440
  • International: £440

Membership is by invitation only. For more information on Forum membership please contact the Forum Director Irene Pietropaoli.

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
  • Laudes Foundation
  • Leigh Day
  • LH Law & Consulting
  • Matrix Chambers
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Paxus LLP
  • Pogust Goodhead
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
  • Temple Garden Chambers
  • Twenty Essex Street
  • Vieira de Almeida & Associados
  • Volterra Fietta
  • White & Case
  • Withers
  • Zelle

Member Area

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