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Business and Human Rights

Would you know if your business was involved in child labour, privacy violations or another human rights impact? What about a supplier or business partner?

The legal landscape is shifting. “Soft” law such as the UN Guiding Principles is crystalizing into “hard” law. Courts around the world are extending their jurisdiction to human rights impacts which occur extra-territorially and throughout a business’s value chain. Businesses which don’t respect human rights are open to criminal and civil liability, not to mention devastating adverse publicity.

We have acted in some of the leading disputes in this field, wherever and however they were brought: in the United States under the Alien Tort Claims Act, in English parent company liability cases, and in other courts exercising universal jurisdiction over alleged complicity in war crimes. We understand the risk associated with adverse human rights impacts and our integrated practice group builds on this foundation to provide the full spectrum of business and human rights advice, including:

  • Human rights due diligence and supply chain management 
  • Risk assessments and deal approvals
  • Human rights investigations and crisis management
  • Managing the remediation of harm including operational level grievance mechanisms
  • Defending human rights related claims, wherever and however they are brought

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Representative experience

Advising a multinational energy company in relation to a criminal investigation into alleged complicity in war crimes.

Advising a telecommunications company on the human rights risk arising out of their contractual relationships with international partners.

Advising a technology company on a criminal investigation into human rights impacts arising out of the use of their equipment in a conflict.

Advising global corporations in a range of industries on compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Advising global telecommunications company on scope of disclosure requirements under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Advising Vodafone, Telenor, and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue (TID) on pioneering multijurisdictional reports.

Advising Shell in defending claims brought in the English courts in relation to two operational oil spills in the Niger Delta.

Representing Talisman in U.S. proceedings under the ATCA arising out of claims of alleged complicity in war crimes in Sudan.

Training for Ugandan business leaders on how to reduce human rights risk in collaboration with the UN Global Compact.

Advising a multinational energy company on the jurisdiction of the English courts to hear human rights claims against it.

Advising global food company in class action brought in U.S. courts under the Alien Tort Statute.

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