IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C2.5, Convention Centre, Level 2

Session information

Getting practical: IBA’s Australian business and human rights pilot project, and its international context

Tuesday 10 October (0930 - 1230)

Room C2.5, Convention Centre, Level 2


Business Human Rights Committee (Lead)
Regulation of Lawyers Committee (Lead)


This session will discuss and reflect on the IBA’s business and human rights education and training pilot project in Australia and its international context concerning other key initiatives in this area. We will discuss and critique the development of the strategic approach for the pilot; content and use of the training and education materials, which focus on corporate and commercial transactions (including M&A); model clauses and an examination of the roles and responsibilities of lawyers in assisting companies to develop ethical global supply chains; and how to identify and assist clients in addressing business and human rights issues and opportunities/ challenges associated with developing and replicating the model for other jurisdictions. We will also explore other key developments in education and training initiatives that are being developed in other jurisdictions.


Martijn Scheltema Pels Rijcken, The Hague, Netherlands; Chair, Business Human Rights Committee
Jonathan Smithers Law Council of Australia, Other City, Australian Capital Territory, Australia; IBA Council Member, Member Organisations
Daisuke Takahashi Shinwa Sohgoh Law Offices, Tokyo, Japan; Website Officer, Business Human Rights Committee
Gregory John Vickery Norton Rose Fulbright, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Jennifer Zerk Independent Consultant, Royston, England
Vanessa Zimmerman LL.M. Pillar Two, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Corporate Counsel Forum Liaison Officer, Business Human Rights Committee