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10 – 12 Juillet 2023 – UIA Business and Human Rights Forum for Legal Practitioners, Madrid

UIA Business and Human Rights Forum
for Legal Practitioners – 3rd Edition

Madrid, Spain
From July 10 to 12, 2023
Register now!

Forum organised by the UIA in collaboration with the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section, with the support of the IE Law School, Madrid

The UIA Business and Human Rights Forum is an intensive Summer School Course, now in its 3rd edition, which offers a unique opportunity for an in-depth analysis and update on this area of the law. Human rights is attracting growing attention by legal practitioners, who are becoming increasingly aware of the responsibility roles they to play in providing advice and assistance to their corporate clients as well as representing clients in the related litigation.

Panellists are top experts in the field, including officers of international organisations, academics, judges, as well as specialist legal practitioners. The programme covers the evolution and key developments of BHR at the international level (the UNGPs 3 pillars, the SDGs, the Global Compact …), and an overview of the legislative and regulatory requirements in key countries in Europe, Japan, the USA and China, with an special focus on the latest developments within the EU (the CSRD , the Taxonomy Regulation, the SFDR, the EU Commission Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive proposal).

A specific session will be dedicated to the HRDD (Human Rights Due Diligence) process, dealing with issues and developments in the areas of Environmental Law, Employment Law, Banking and Financial Services, and international commercial contracts

The final day of the Forum will address the risks of litigating human rights issues before international courts (the European Court of Human Rights, the Interamerican Court of Human Rights, the African Court of Human Rights…) as well as civil litigation (to include arbitration according to the Hague rules on BHR ), criminal proceedings and regulatory proceedings.

Why is this Course useful?
Law firms and in-house counsels are increasingly finding that their business clients seek and require legal advice on the human rights aspects of their transactions and activities to identify, prevent and mitigate risks, comply with international and national regulations, and promote their visibility as ethical businesses.

The Course provides lawyers with an in‐depth understanding of the latest issues at the nexus of law and sustainable development; an appreciation of the human rights impacts resulting from business activities at the international, regional, and national levels; guidance on how to carry out a corporate human rights due diligence process; tackling the link between human rights and specific legal areas; and an understanding of the risks of human rights related litigation.

Who should attend?
Business and human rights practitioners, business lawyers, litigation lawyers, development lawyers, in‐house counsel, academics, representatives from NGOs and governmental organizations.

Register before June 9 to benefit from the preferential rate!

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