Law Council of Australia publishes new guidance on business & human rights for business lawyers

In Januray 2016, the Law Council of Australia published a new guidance that tracks international and national efforts to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  The guidance aims to fulfill this purpose in the context of the Australian legal profession and discusses various strategies that can be used to address key challenges faced by legal practitioners.  The Law Council has also published an accompanying article which lists pertinent questions and responses on Business and Human Rights in an effort to increase awareness within the legal profession and business community as a whole.

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31 December 2015

Australia: Business and Human Rights and the Australian Legal Profession

Author: Law Council of Australia

This...paper summarises the development of the Guiding Principles as well as international and national efforts to implement the Guiding Principles across business sectors, including the legal profession...The...paper describes the particular [compliance] benefits for [Australian businesses], lawyers and law firms, including providing a framework to conduct effective due diligence and as a mechanism to promote and preserve corporate reputation and to attract and retain talented staff...As the paper identifies, hard questions persist in relation to how to implement the Guiding Principles but many industry sectors and individual businesses are successfully navigating these issues in a way that is promoting business growth and innovation as well as delivering human rights outcomes...

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31 December 2015

Australia: Business and Human Rights: Some Questions and Answers for Business Lawyers

Author: John Keeves, Law Council of Australia

...In Australia, awareness of Business and Human Rights as an emerging issue for lawyers and clients is very low, albeit with a few notable exceptions. The purpose of this [article] is to provide an overview and introduction of Business and Human Rights for business lawyers to try to address that lack of awareness.

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