American Bar Association: An Introduction to Business and Human Rights
Date&Time: 22 October 2020, 12:00pm -1:30 (ET)
An introduction to businesses’ responsibility to respect human rights is the focus of this first webinar of the 12-part series on business and human rights. The webinar will explain the framework of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the applicability of human rights in the business context. It will serve as a basis for successive webinars in the 12-part series.
The principles of the UN Guiding Principles are being incorporated into mandatory human rights due diligence legislation, reporting regulations, lending requirements by banks and international financial institutions, and governmental procurement standards, among others. Shareholder lawsuits and litigation holding businesses accountable for their human rights impacts are also increasing. As businesses turn to their in-house counsel and outside legal advisors for advice and guidance in this rapidly developing area, this webinar will provide lawyers with a foundational understanding of the UN Guiding Principles and the applicability of human rights to businesses.
Following an introduction to the UN Guiding Principles, a workshop will be conducted with breakout sessions to further knowledge and practical implementation skills related to these Principles.
- Anita Ramasastry, Chair, United Nations Working Group on business and human rights and Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development, University of Washington School of Law
- Erika R. George, Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at S.J. Quinney College of Law and Director of Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah
- Thomas O’Keefe, President, Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd., teaches at Stanford University and is a prolific writer on Latin America