The History and Future of the Business and Human Rights Movement

Discussion | 6 December | Oxford

The idea that businesses have human rights responsibilities has become widely accepted as the result of the efforts of the so-called “business and human rights movement”. How did this movement come into being? And how will it develop, going forward? As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the speakers will reflect on the history and future of the BHR movement.
The first panel discusses the history of the UN Guiding Principles and the efforts that preceded them. It focuses on the emergence of the BHR movement in the UK and the pivotal role Sir Geoffrey Chandler’s work in the 1990s and early 2000s played in this. The second panel looks at the ways forward for the BHR movement. How can the Guiding Principles be implemented effectively? Will there be an international treaty on business and human rights? What (other) pathways can and should be followed to achieve access to remedy for victims of corporate human rights abuse?

6th December 2018
Oxford University, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Mansfield College, Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium

  • 13:30 – 14:00 - Welcome and registration
  • 14:00 – 15:15 - The History of the BHR Movement and Sir Geoffrey Chandler's Legacy (founder of the Amnesty International UK Business Group); Interview of Chris Marsden, OBE, Former Chair of the Business Group of Amnesty UK; Interviewer: John Morrison, Chief Executive, Institute for Human Rights and Business; Questions and Answers
  • 15:15 – 15:30 - Coffee
  • 15:30 – 17:00 - Looking Ahead: Whither the BHR Movement? Moderator: Lisa Hsin, DPhil Candidate in Socio-Legal Studies and Research Assistant with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights; Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; Peter Frankental, Economic Relations Programme Director,Amnesty International UK; Frances House, Deputy Chief Executive, Institute for Human Rights and Business; Michael Addo, Former member of the UN Working Group on BHR; Questions and Answers

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