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Hector Tejero Tobed

Biography Héctor is a Research Assistant in Public International Law, and joined BIICL in October 2018. He assists and conducts research on various issues on Public International Law. Prior to joining BIICL, Héctor completed a LL.M in Public International Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and was a Legal Intern at REDRESS, where he focused on the Inter-American system for the protection of human rights. Formerly, he has been involved in cooperation projects…

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Lise Smit

Biography Lise Smit is Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, and joined BIICL in March 2015. She 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.…

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Irene Pietropaoli

Biography Dr Irene Pietropaoli is a Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, and joined BIICL in October 2018. She 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 BIICL, Irene worked with international organisations and NGOs in different countries of Europe, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia in the area of business and human rights. For three years, she was based…

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Claire Bright

Biography Claire Bright is Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, and joined the BIICL in February 2019. She is also a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Her main research interests focus on Business and Human Rights and she is currently working on a research project for the European Commission on human rights due diligence in supply chains. Prior to joining the Institute, Claire has worked as a Lecturer at the London School of Business and Management,…

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UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series: Human Rights Due Diligence and Corporate Liability

EVENTS UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series: Human Rights Due Diligence and Corporate Liability Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details In the sixth roundtable of our UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in Legal Practice Roundtable series, we will explore the links between human…

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Blog: Zuckerberg is right: third party standards must govern online speech

While some lawmakers and privacy advocates have criticized Mark Zuckerberg's recent call for greater government oversight, deeming it PR-driven and self-serving, the proposal he outlined goes a long way toward reforming an issue of enormous significance in the tech space. He advocates for third-party content standards, which would sharply reduce Facebook and other companies' power to decide what constitutes protected speech.Freedom of speech, guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution,…

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Online advertising, human rights and the Rule of Law (New York)

Time: 18.00-19.30 (Registration from 17.30) Venue: Cantor Boardroom 11-75, New York University Stern School of Business, Henry Kaufman Management Center (KMC), 44 West 4th Street, New York 10012 This discussion will consider the human rights implications of current online advertising practices, and how advertisers, internet platforms, and advertising companies can be expected to address these risks. Advertisers face potential reputational risks when brands are associated with hateful or harmful…

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Is Corporate Accountability Possible in Capitalism?

Time: 17.30 19.30 (Registration from 17.00) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP The speakers on the panel will discuss the demand for corporate accountability in a context where more and more areas of life are organised by, and mediated through corporations, for profit. This increased corporate presence has led to areas of friction where the demand for 'corporate accountability' seeks to address the balance between…

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UK Business and Human Rights Scholars Network meeting

Time: 12.00-17.30 (Registration from 11.30) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP UK Business and Human Rights' Scholars Network is a multi-disciplinary initiative led by the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. It brings together scholars interested in all areas of business and human rights from any discipline. The goal of the Network is to create space and opportunities for scholars researching, teaching and…

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Blog: Access to Legal Remedies for Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuses in Third Countries

Ensuring effective access to legal remedies for victims of corporate human rights abuses in third countries is a key part of both the State's duty to protect human rights and the business responsibility to respect human rights, as recognised under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.A recent study by Axel Marx, Claire Bright and Jan Wouters was conducted for the European Parliament on "Access to legal remedies for victims of corporate human rights abuses". The study mapped…

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Blog: Civil society and corporate lawyers should work together on human rights due diligence

Current trends suggest the law could drive corporate action on human rights French Duty of Vigilance Law Swiss counter-proposal for mandatory HRDD the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

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The UNGPs and Legal Accountability in Corporate Groups

Time: 14.00-16.00 (Registration from 13.30) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP In the fourth roundtable of our UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in Legal Practice Roundtable series, we will explore various developments around corporate group liability for human rights impacts. We will consider attribution through the "identification" versus enterprise or "corporate culture" methods, how…

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European Commission study on human rights due diligence in supply chains

BIICL is leading a project for the European Commission DG for Justice and Consumers on human rights due diligence in supply chains. Our research partners are Civic Consulting in Berlin, and LSE Consulting . This study follows the request by the European Parliament of June 2018 for the Commission to propose a mandatory legislative framework for mandatory human rights due diligence, including "a duty of care to be fully phased-in within a transitional period". The study will have…

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Blog: Governments can help make business more diligent on human rights

In the last few months, a host of new initiatives and regulations have been announced around mandatory transparency and mandatory due diligence for companies On 29 November 2018, the Australian Parliament approved the Modern Slavery Act, which will require companies headquartered or with operations in Australia to submit a 'Modern Slavery Statement'. By virtue of the AUD$100 million threshold, the Australian Act will apply to fewer companies than the UK Modern Slavery Act, but it imposes…

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A "failure to prevent" adverse human rights impacts mechanism project

In March 2017, the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights released a report on business and human rights in which it proposed the introduction of a "failure to prevent" mechanism for corporate human rights abuses.  BIICL and international law firm Hogan Lovells are conducting a research into the feasibility and options of such a "failure to prevent" mechanism. The study will explore what such a mechanism could look like, whether it would be criminal or similar, and how it could…

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When national law conflicts with international human rights standards

The first research supported by the Bingham Centre's Business Network examines how companies can adhere to international human rights standards, as described in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, when faced with contradictory domestic laws or practices. The research brought together the international legal framework, existing guidance for specific issues or sectors, and practical examples for businesses. The research methodology included semi-structured conversations…

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Making sense of managing human rights issues in supply chains

After a successful research project with Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016, entitled 'Exploring Human Rights Due Diligence', BIICL and Norton Rose Fulbright undertook a follow-up project in 2017/18, which analysed managing human rights issues in supply chains. As part of this project, BIICL and Norton Rose Fulbright co-hosted a session at the 2017 Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, with support from Hogan Lovells and Foley Hoag. The session focused on "Human rights remedies…

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BIICL and PRI: Human Rights in Private Equity Investment

BIICL and PRI Workshop on Human Rights in Private Equity: Information and Summary It is increasingly expected that human rights due diligence (HRDD) is undertaken by businesses, as per the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises, emerging laws such as the UK Modern Slavery Act and the French duty of vigilance law, and other proposed legislative reforms. According to the UNGPs, all business enterprises regardless of sector…

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BIICL and PRI: Human Rights in Private Equity Investment

It is increasingly expected that human rights due diligence (HRDD) is undertaken by businesses, as per the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises, emerging laws such as the UK Modern Slavery Act and the French duty of vigilance law, and other proposed legislative reforms. According to the UNGPs, all business enterprises regardless of sector have a responsibility to respect human rights, and to carry out necessary HRDD.…

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When national law conflicts with international human rights standards

BIICL recently completed a study for the Business Network on addressing conflicts between international human rights standards and national laws. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights expect companies to respect international human rights wherever they operate. However, questions often arise as to how businesses should adhere to international human rights standards when faced with contradictory national laws or practices. BIICL's research brings together the international…

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Business and Human Rights Due Diligence in Supply Chains

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were unanimously adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, and require all business enterprises to undertake human rights due diligence. Because of the limited information available about how companies are going about to conduct human rights due diligence BIICL and the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright are working together to research this important area. Share LinksProject - Tags Human Rights Due…

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