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HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts Episode 2: The (intended) impact of climate change litigation on corporate due diligence

Factory chimney smoke. Photo by: @veeterzy, via: Unsplash

Date: 17 September 2020

Time: 11.00-12.30 BST

Location: Online


Developments around mandatory human rights due diligence laws are multiplying across Europe, and increasingly include climate change impacts within their scope. As a result, companies, regulators, judges, legal advisors, civil society and the public are asking what the legal implications of these due diligence laws will be for companies relating to their climate change impacts.

In this webinar series of the newly established BIICL Human Rights Due Diligence Forum, the discussion will turn on the nature of due diligence as a legal standard of care, how this can be applied in relation to climate change, and what the practical implications for companies are likely to be.


We are witnessing an increasing wave of strategic climate change litigation. Traditionally brought against states, to date we have seen a few cases against companies. Civil claims are often focused on compensatory damages which, even if awarded, may not necessarily lead to a change in the practices or governance within the relevant company or industry.

This panel will consider whether climate change litigation is even intended to have impacts on corporate due diligence, whether there is any evidence that litigation to date (ongoing, successful or otherwise) have resulted in changes in companies' due diligence practices, and whether we can expect litigation to increasingly drive corporate due diligence in the future, given the move towards mandatory legal requirements and ever more widespread recognition of the climate emergency.


  • Olanrewaju Fagbohun, Lagos State University
  • Stijn Franken, NautaDutilh N.V.
  • Ingrid Gubbay, Hausfeld 
  • Jolene Lin, Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law
  • Annalisa Savaresi, Director for Europe, Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment
  • Holly Stebbing, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Sudhanshu Swaroop QC, Twenty Essex

Additional speakers to be confirmed 

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Event Details

Start date
17 Sep 2020
Start time
11 a.m.

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