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Dec 2013: UN Forum on Business & Human Rights – side event

Side event at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights – Access to Remedy: Opportunities and challenges for judicial and non-judicial grievance mechanisms

Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 4 December 2013

This session took up some of the issues and recommendations from the plenary discussions on the opening day of the UN Forum: ‘Non-judicial remedy: Is practice on the ground delivering effective remedy outcomes?’ and, ‘Overcoming barriers to effective judicial remedies.’

Miriam Saage-Maaß, Deputy Legal Director of  the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) will chair the session.

Speakers and topics:

Mariya Stoyananova, CSR Europe (tbc): ‘Company Mechanisms for Addressing Human Rights Complaints’. CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Representing over 5000 companies.

Serge Bronkhurst, Access Facility (tbc): ‘Resolving Conflicts Between Companies and Communities’. ACCESS Facility is a global non-profit organisation launched in December 2012. It supports rights-compatible, interest-based problem solving to prevent and resolve conflicts between companies and communities.

Patricia Feeney, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID): ‘Do Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanisms Undermine Human Rights?’ RAID promotes respect for human rights and responsible conduct by companies abroad and is a long-standing contributor to the debate on corporate conduct during and after the devastating war in DRC.

Catherine Coumans, MiningWatch Canada: ‘When and how non-judicial grievance mechanisms cause harm’. MiningWatch Canada aims to change public policy and mining practices to ensure the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems.

Gwynne Skinner, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Willamette University: ‘Access to Judicial Remedy’. Professor Skinner is the U.S. expert on the Access to Judicial Remedy Project and will present a new report by ICAR, CORE, and ECCJ that sets out the key recommendations to States for alleviating barriers to access to judicial remedy for those who have endured business-related human rights abuses.