Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process

This page provides information about the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process and access to reports developed to share key practices and insights following workshops convened by Process participants. 

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ABOUT THE PROCESS

The Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process (the Process) was launched in 2016 to:

  1. Establish a community of practice among leading law firms and practitioners to support knowledge-sharing, peer learning, leadership and innovation, including explore ongoing challenges and areas where further progress or guidance is needed.
  2. Drive increased engagement by the legal profession with business and human rights developments, by making public information relation to emerging practices, insights and lessons learned, and by building on the leadership of the International Bar Association (IBA) and individual bar associations and law firms.
  3. Demonstrate progress to clients, bar association, professional regulators and other relevant stakeholders on efforts by the legal profession to embed respect for human rights in practice into their operations and legal advice.

Clarity regarding expectations of lawyers and law firms is increasing rapidly, in no small part due to the ongoing efforts of the IBA, bar associations and law firms. But there is still a long way to go to operationalise expectations regarding law firm respect for human rights across the profession. Participating firms believe that the Process plays an important role here to build on and maintain the momentum in the legal profession when it comes to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Peer discussions within the Process to date have focused on:

  • A workshop in October 2018 to progress discussions on five key themes relevant for law firm’s implementation of the Guiding Principles, resulting in five confidential, in-depth insights documents for participating firms that describe current practice, lessons learned and progress achieved, as well as key challenges and current priorities. A public summary report is available below.
  • In-depth interviews conducted in 2018 by the Process facilitators with representatives of a range of functions at each participating firm to discuss progress made since 2016, remaining challenges and opportunities to further advance the work.
  • A working session in December 2017 to share updates on progress made, and explore opportunities to continue collaborating through the Process to strengthen each firm’s business and human rights-related work.
  • A workshop in September 2016 to discuss implementation of the law firms’ own responsibility to respect human rights, focusing on (i) policy, strategy and governance; (ii) embedding through training, capacity building and awareness raising; (iii) client risk mapping and client acceptance; and (iv) approaches to supply chain due diligence, including in response to the UK Modern Slavery Act. A public report is available below.

For further information about the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process, please contact the process facilitators; Catie Shavin, catie.shavin[at]gmail.com and Anna Triponel, anna[at]triponelconsulting.com.

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Stories and Komponenten mit diesem Schwerpunkt

Bericht
20 March 2019
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Autor/in: Catie Shavin, Independent Advisor & Anna Triponel, Triponel Consulting

"Leading and Emerging Practice: Challenges and Opportunities for firms implementing the UN Guiding Principles", Mar 2019...

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Bericht
15 November 2016
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Autor/in: Catie Shavin, Independent Advisor & Anna Triponel, Triponel Consulting

"Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process: Emerging Practice, Insights and Reflections. Workshop Report", Nov 2016...

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