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19 Jul 2017

DLA Piper

New guidance for lawyers advising businesses on human rights risks

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…[T]he International Bar Association…released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business lawyers and their corporate clients on how to address human rights risks in corporate and commercial transactions.

The Handbook…contains precedents and substantive guidance on how to address human rights risks in relation to specific legal practice areas: corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructuring; and commercial contracts, including supply, distribution and franchise agreements.

[An IBA spokesperson] stated, "…Through context, case scenarios, discussion exercises, sample checklists and further reading and resources we aim to assist lawyers to understand the importance of human rights due diligence["]…

[According to an] International Business and Human Rights lawyer… "To properly serve their clients' interests, business lawyers must not only understand that the promotion of business and respect for human rights are mutually reinforcing, but be able to counsel their clients on what this means in practice."