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.
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UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Montevideo, Uruguay
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, London, England
Rabiya Javeri Agha
The National Commission for Human Rights, Islamabad, Pakistan
John Sherman III
Former Senior Legal Advisor to Prof John Ruggie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, Bangkok, Thailand