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Jul 2014: Access to Justice Conference

Transnational Corporate Human Rights Abuses:
Delivering Access to Justice

Hosted by CORE and BHRRC, in association with BIICL
The Law Society, London, 17 July 2014

Victims of human rights abuse by business, wherever it occurs, require full and effective access to judicial remedies. Three years on from the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, there is more work to be done. CORE Coalition and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, in association with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), host an afternoon conference to discuss recommendations for actions that should be taken to address the issue, drawing on “The Third Pillar: Access to Judicial Remedies for Human Rights Violations by Transnational Business”, produced by CORE, ICAR and ECCJ, and “Injustice Incorporated” by Amnesty International.

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Session 1: Barriers to Justice & Recommendations for Change

  • Chair: Marilyn Croser Session 1 (1/5) - Intro - Access to Justice conference
  • Prof. Robert McCorquodale, Director, British Institute of International & Comparative Law: Findings and recommendations from ‘The Third Pillar’ Session 1 (2/5) - Access to Justice conference
  • Seema Joshi, Head of Business and Human Rights, Amnesty International: Findings and recommendations from Injustice Incorporated Session 1 (3/5) - Access to Justice conference
  • Richard Meeran, Partner, Leigh Day: Practice overview and comment on the reforms Session 1 (4/5) - Access to Justice conference
  • Questions and Answers Session 1 (5/5) - Q&As - Access to Justice conference

Session 2: Emerging Solutions

  • Chair: Phil Bloomer, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • David Chivers QC, Erskine Chambers: Affirming the duty of care Session 2 (1/5) - Access to Justice conference
  • Sandra Cossart, Head of the CSR Program, Sherpa: French legislative proposal ‘relating to the duty and vigilance of parent and subcontracting companies’ Session 2 (2/5) - Access to Justice conference
  • Roper Cleland, Senior Manager – Social Responsibility, IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues): Community grievance mechanisms for human rights Session 2 (3/5) - Access to Justice conference
  • Genevieve Paul, Head of Globalisation and Human Rights, FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights): Recent developments at the UN level – opportunities and challenges Session 2 (4/5) - Access to Justice conference
  • Questions and Answers Session 2 (5/5) Q&A - Access to Justice conference

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Session 3: Global, US & UK Perspectives

  • Chair: Prof. Sara Chandler, Chair, Law Society Human Rights Committee
  • Paul Hoffman, Partner, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman: Access to justice in the United States post-Kiobel Session 3 (1/4) - Access to Justice conference
  • Martyn Day, Senior Partner, Leigh Day: Litigation in the UK: The Current State of Corporate Accountability Session 3 (2/4) - Access to Justice conference
  • Michael Addo, Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights: The Role of the Working Group in Enhancing Access to Remedy Session 3 (3/4) - Access to Justice conference
  • Questions and Answers Session 3 (4/4) Q&A & close - Access to Justice conference

307_eu_flag Co-funded by the Civil Justice Programme of the European Union


On 12th November, ECCJ and Frank Bold organised a conference titled “The EU’s Business? Ensuring Remedy for Corporate Human Rights Abuses” hosted by Richard Howitt MEP. Over one hundred participants from the European Parliament, the European Commission, Permanent Representations as well as NGOs and academics attended the event. This event was part of the larger Access to Justice project, and the last of the conferences that took place in Paris, London and Berlin. You can find more info on the project here.

Read the web article here