Reimagining remedy: developing effective grievance mechanisms and remedies

22 Jun 2022 1400 - 1500 BST

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The third in a three-part webinar series presented by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, in collaboration with the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit.

Alongside legislative and judicial mechanisms, in-house and external counsel play a key role in ensuring access to effective remedies under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the UNGPs). The right (and access) to an effective remedy has a close relationship with corporate accountability and should inform all steps that businesses are expected to take under the UNGPs. In-house and external counsel can assist businesses in understanding their obligations under the UNGPs, complying with those obligations and taking accountability for human rights abuses where necessary. By taking an active role in risk assessment and stakeholder engagement, counsel can ensure impact assessments properly capture the unique adverse impacts of business activities on vulnerable groups, and that internal and external grievance mechanisms provide an adequate remedy to those groups. Civil society organisations and human rights lawyers also ensure access to remedies by advising rights holders and navigating grievance mechanisms effectively.

This panel will examine the role of in-house and external counsel in shaping business decisions that may have an impact on the right and access to remedy. It will also explore the ways in which counsel can ensure that preventive, redressive and deterrent remedies are made available to rights holders.

Part one - Reimagining remedy: where do we go from here?
Part two - Reimagining remedy: The view from the bench


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Fernanda Hopenhaym

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Montevideo, Uruguay

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Merryl Lawry-White


Rabiya Javeri Agha

The National Commission for Human Rights, Islamabad, Pakistan

John Sherman III

Rutgers University Law School , New Jersey, USA

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Debbie Stothard

Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, Bangkok, Thailand

Roger Martella

General Electric, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Education Officer, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL)

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