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IBA publishes business and human rights guidance for bar associations and lawyers

The International Bar Association(IBA) Business and Human Rights Working Group has published guidance for bar associations and business lawyers on the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (‘Guiding Principles’) – the first guidance  of its kind since the UN Human Rights Council endorsement of the Guiding Principles in 2011. Released in draft form today, the IBA Guidance is divided into two working documents, one for bar associations (11 pages) and the other for business lawyers practising as in-house counsel and in law firms (60 pages)…IBA President Michael Reynolds said, ‘…[T]he IBA Guidance aims to support the development of a global strategy for the integration of the [Guiding] Principles into legal practice…[T]hrough our leadership we intend to mobilise the legal profession to take affirmative steps to integrate the Guiding Principles in the services they provide to their clients.’

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