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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; 40% discount on publications; one free place per organisation at any standard BIICL evening event; and BIICL member rate for 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: £2,500 
  • Individual: £1,000
  • Barrister: £400
  • International: £400

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

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 the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US.

The Forum has members from the following organisations:

  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Allens (Australia)
  • Bright Line Law
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • DLA Piper (UK) LLP
  • Essex Court Chambers
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (London)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP (France)
  • Leigh Day
  • Linklaters Business Services
  • Mannheimer Swartling
  • Matrix Chambers
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
  • Twenty Essex Street
  • Vieira de Almeida & Associados
  • Volterra Fietta

Member Area

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