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23 Nov 2017

Stefanie Lemke

UN Guiding Principles & the legal profession: Quo vadis?

"UN Guiding Principles & the Legal Profession: Quo Vadis?," 17 May 2017

This piece explores the critical role played by lawyers in promoting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)… Lawyers can play an important role in addressing corporate responsibility to respect human rights...A law firm’s advice can…have a critical impact on a client’s appropriate business operations, which, in turn, might also mean that a (corporate) client’s human rights abuse could be directly linked to the law firm’s services through its relationship with the client...[therefore] law firms too have a responsibility to respect human rights, as providers of legal services to corporate clients and business enterprises themselves.

... This piece looks at the possible conflicts lawyers may face when applying the UNGPs, discusses latest debates and trends in this area, and explores how lawyers can discharge their dual responsibility... [refers to: Chevron]