Training Sessions


The removal of barriers to access to remedy

for corporate related Human Rights abuses

Brussels, Belgium

8 September 2016

9:00-16:00 CET




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The main objectives of the Final Conference are to disseminate the final research results of the Human Rights in Business research consortium, which focuses on the removal of barriers to access to remedy for victims of corporate related human rights abuses, to develop a relevant debate with experts and business representatives, and to bring visibility to the issues.

8:30- 9:00      Registration

9:00-9:15       Welcome

  • Marta Marin Sanchez, Basque Country Delegate to the EU
  • Katerina Yiannibas, Project Manager Human Rights in Business, Globernance Institute for Democratic Governance

9:15-9:45       Opening Remarks

  • Geert Van Calster, Professor of European and International Law, University of Leuven

 9:45-10:30    Human Rights in Business Final Research Results and Recommendations

  • Daniel Augenstein, Tilburg University
  • Liesbeth Enneking, Utrecht University
  • Cees van Dam, Professor Cees Van Dam Consultancy Ltd.
  • Julia Planitzer, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute
  • Jordi Jaria i Manzano, Rovira I Virgili University
  • María Álvarez Torné, University of Barcelona

10:30-11:00  Coffee and consultation break

11:00-12:30  Panel I: Corporate duty of care and Human Rights due diligence

  • Moderator: Paige Morrow, Frank Bold Society
  • Peter Buijze, Global Work Place Rights team, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Alice Pedretti, Project Manager Business and Human Rights, CSR Europe
  • Ben Vanpeperstraete, Supply Chain Coordinator at UNI Global Union
  • Franceso Agnello, Advisor, European Parliament

12:30-14:00  Lunch

14:00-15:30  Panel II: Removal of barriers to access to remedy. The way forward…

  • Moderator: Nicola Jägers, Tilburg University
  • Carlos López, Senior Legal Adviser, Business and Human Rights, International Commission of Jurists
  • Jonas Grimheden, Senior Policy Manager, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Lucas Roorda, Researcher, Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law

15:30-16:00  Concluding remarks

  • Heidi Hautala, Member of the European Parliament, Chair EuroNest Parliamentary Assembly

Human Rights in Business Training Session IV

Amsterdam, Netherlands

11 May 2016

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In May 2016, the Human Rights in Business held various training events in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Netherlands at the Marine Etablissement, Amsterdam, Netherlands as part of the EU Roadmap to Business Rights Conference.

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To advance the implementation of the Business and Human Rights agenda of the European Union and its member states, European civil society and the Kingdom of the Netherlands jointly organised a pan-European, multi-stakeholder conference during the Dutch presidency of the EU in spring 2016.

The European Union has the potential to be an international game-changer when it comes to business and human rights. The landmark UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were adopted five years ago and provide the EU with important tools to achieve business respect for human rights. Despite the overall commitment to the UNGPs by the EU member states, there is still much to do to improve their implementation. The Dutch presidency promotes a two-pronged approach, which is to implement the UNGPs at EU level as well as national level. This entails that the EU and all Member States should develop coherent action plans on business and human rights, including legal and policy reforms

Decision makers, politicians, business leaders, NGOs, trade unions, and researchers came together to discuss how to further advance this agenda together on 11 May 2016 in Amsterdam.


Human Rights in Business Training Session III

Vienna, Austria

16 December 2015




In December 2015, the Human Rights in Business held a training session in Vienna, Austria to inform all interested stakeholders about current legal possibilities and challenges relating to judicial and non-judicial remedies within the EU, through which companies domiciled in a Member State can be held liable for alleged human rights abuses for which they or their subcontractors may be responsible, regardless of where the damage might have occurred.


Two panels of speakers including NGO, union and company representatives, lawyers and scholars provided a forum for discussion on the following topics:

  • Bringing cases before European Courts: challenges for victims’ representatives and national jurisdictions (and how to overcome these challenges)
  • Company-based grievance mechanisms – a promising non-judicial remedy? Advantages and disadvantages and relation to other judicial and non-judicial remedies

At the end of the Training Session, researchers from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights will present the findings of their project “Non-judicial Complaints: A Balance between Business and Human Rights Interests?”


Materials: A glossary of key terms and training session preparatory materials are available below for download so as to prepare the participants for the training session.



Linguistic Preparation. Glossary of Relevant terms

ECCHR Holding Companies Accountable (ENG)

ECCHR Holding Companies Accountable (GER)

Jonathan KAUFMAN and Katherine McDONNELL (2016). Community-Driven Operational Grievance Mechanisms. Business and Human Rights Journal, 1, pp 127-132.








Tilburg, The Netherlands

Faculty Club, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University

June 23, 2015

9:00 – 16:00




In June 2015, the Human Rights in Business held a training session in Tilburg, Netherlands to discuss the challenges for victims seeking redress in the EU for corporate human rights abuse in third countries.

Two panels of speakers including litigators, policymakers and scholars shared their views.  Speakers invited included, inter alia: from the United Kingdom Richard Meeran (Leigh Day & Co), from the Netherlands Channa Samkalden (Prakkendoliviera), from Germany Remo Klinger Geulen & Klinger Rechtsanwälte Geulen and, from Italy Luca Saltalamacchia (Studio Legale Saltalamacchia). Policymakers from the Netherlands, Spain and the European Commission were also invited to join the discussion.


Materials: Preparatory materials are available for download so as to prepare the participants for the training session. For linguistic preparation, a glossary of key terms is available in English. Participants are also asked to review the Netherlands National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Linguistic Preparation. Glossary of Relevant terms

Netherlands National Action Plan

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights National Action Plan Response

Jägers et al. (2014) The future of corporate liability for extraterritorial human rights abuses

Final Judgement District Court of the Hague (2013) Shell oil spill

Speaker biographies

Speaker presentations: The following materials were used by the speakers in their presentations as part of the Training Session on 23 June 2015 at Tilburg University.

Richard Meeran: Access to Justice in the EU for Victims of Corporate Related Human Rights Abuse

Remo Klinger: Access to Justice in Germany for victims of corporate related human rights abuse

Louise Vytopil: CSR in supply chains & Impediments in Access to Justice

The Danish Institute for Human Rights: National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights

Channa Samkalden: Access to justice for victms of human rights abuses by multinational corporations in the Netherlands

Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

San Telmo Museum

19-20 February 2015



In February 2015, the Human Rights in Business project held a training session in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain to connect knowledge creators with knowledge users and to facilitate an interchange of knowledge and ideas. Judges, lawyers, academic experts, NGO representatives and business representatives discussed and analyzed the challenges that occur with the implementation and promotion of effective human rights remedies in relation to international business practices in the European Union.

Translation was provided between English, Basque and Spanish.


Topics included:

  • Case study analysis of human rights abuses by multinational companies inside and outside the EU
  • Corporate obligations and standards of care
  • Non-judicial remedies: international arbitration and corporate grievance mechanisms
  • Role of civil society in the promotion of Human Rights in business

Panels over the course of two days consisted of representatives from various sectors: business, academia, civil society and law:

  • Antonio Vitorino, Ex European Commissioner for Justice
  • Hon. Francisco Borja Iriarte, Judge, Civil Court and Criminal Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country
  • Pablo Paisán, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira
  • Prof. Xabier Ezeizabarrena, University of the Basque Country, University of Deusto
  • Jesús de la Fuente, CEO Graphenea
  • Hon. Fausto Pocar, Judge, Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
  • Prof. Liesbeth Enneking, University of Utrecht
  • Andoitz Korta, Gerente, Korta
  • Carlos Cordero, Founder and Managing Partner of Social Innovation Sustentia
  • Prof. Daniel Augenstein, University of Tilburg
  • María López Apodaca, Human Resources, Gureak
  • Prof. Alberto Muñoz, University of Navarra
  • Mikel Mancisidor, UN Independent Expert, Member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
  • Filip Gregor, Frank Bold Society
  • Iñigo Ugarte, Director, IETeam
  • Prof. Katerina Yiannibas, University of Deusto
  • Prof. Catherine Kessedjian, International Arbitrator and Mediator, University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris II
  • Brooks W. Daly, Deputy Secretary General Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague (PCA)
  • María Herrero, Director, Herrekor
  • Katharina Häusler, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute
  • Tricia Feeney, Director, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID)
  • Marilyn Croser, Director of the CORE Coalition


The program and materials are available for download so as to prepare the participants for the training session. For linguistic preparation, a glossary of key terms is available in English and in Spanish. In preparation for the first day of the training session, February 19, a one page case summary of the facts and issues is provided for each of the six case studies that will form the base of the panel discussions. In preparation for the second day of the training session, February 20, participants are asked to review the Draft Spanish National Action Plan (2014) (only available in Spanish).

Training Session I Program

Preparación lingüística. Glosario ESP

Linguistic Preparation. Glossary of Terms ENG

February 19 Preparatory Materials. Case Studies

February 20 Preparatory Materials. Spanish National Action Plan (ESP)

Speaker presentations: The following materials were used by the speakers in their presentations as part of the Training Session on 19-20 February 2015 at the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian, Spain.

Carlos Cordero: Human Rights in Business Perspective and Challenges

Brooks W. Daly: Arbitration of Business and Human Rights Disputes