The removal of barriers to access to remedy
8 September 2016
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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
9:15-9:45 Keynote address
9:45-10:30 Human Rights in Business Final Research Results and Recommendations
10:30-11:00 Coffee and consultation break
11:00-12:30 Panel I: Corporate duty of care and Human Rights due diligence
14:00-15:30 Panel II: Removal of barriers to access to remedy. The way forward…
15:30-16:00 Concluding remarks
Human Rights in Business Training Session IV
11 May 2016
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.
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
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:
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.
Tilburg, The Netherlands
Faculty Club, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University
June 23, 2015
9:00 – 16:00
ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN THE EU FOR VICTIMS OF CORPORATE RELATED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE
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.
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.
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.
Panels over the course of two days consisted of representatives from various sectors: business, academia, civil society and law:
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).
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.