International Business and Human Rights: Principles, Practice and Prospects

YPFP is delighted to invite you to join us for an evening of discussion on the recent developments and predictions of the future trends in the field of human rights and international business.

This event will focus on the transition from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights since its endorsement by UN Human Rights Council in 2011 into practice, bringing together practitioners to provide an insight into their experience and challenges that they have tackled. Against this discussion, the event will also examine the next stages of developments in this increasingly critical area.

We are delighted to be joined by: (in alphabetic order)

Peter FrankentalEconomic Relations Programme Director, Amnesty International UK

Peter is also the Chair of the Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition, UK and a Board Member of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Previously he was Economic Relations Strategy Adviser at Amnesty’s International Secretariat, and prior to joining Amnesty International, he was at Business in the Community, where he specialised in developing the role of the private sector in social and economic regeneration programmes. He is a prolific writer on the theme of business and human rights, including co-authoring “Human rights – is it any of your business?” (2000), a management primer on human rights. Peter is a founding trustee of Music in Detention which delivers music workshops in immigration detention centres.

Read Peter's blog here.

Richard Karmel, Partner and Global Head of Business and Human Rights, Mazars

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience and his particular expertise lies in companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors, with clients operating throughout Africa, Asia and America. He leads his team to help companies and banks manage the risks to their reputations and ensure compliance with their social and environmental obligations. Richard is a lead member of the project team of the Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative, which is officially supported by the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The Initiative launched the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework in February 2015, a guide for companies about what good reporting on their human rights performance looks like. Its goal is to launch the Assurance Guidance in 2016 to act as a guide for those providing assurance on human rights performance.

Follow Richard on Twitter @RichardKarmel

Catie ShavinProgramme Director - Peer Learning, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI)

Catie is responsible for leading the design, implementation and strategic development of GBI’s Peer Learning programme, which supports companies to advance respect for human rights in practice. She is also an independent legal advisor and human rights consultant, and is currently working with the Law Society of England & Wales, supporting their work on business and human rights, and with Clifford Chance’s business and human rights team. She recently contributed to the development of the LSE Investment and Human Rights Learning Hub. Catie previously practised at a leading international law firm, advising clients on global business challenges, regulatory litigation and commercial dispute resolution, and has also worked with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. One of her current independent projects is the Business and Human Rights Spot, which aims to support and promote engagement by Australian lawyers with business-related human rights challenges.

Follow Catie on Twitter @CatieShavin

The panel will be chaired by Robin Brooks, Partner, Corporate Finance, Business and Human Rights Practice, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, under Chatham House Rule.

Robin Brooks is a corporate finance lawyer with over 30 years’ experience of international M&A and advisory work, and is particularly noted for his work in emerging markets. In recent years he has also focused on governance and ethical issues and has participated in a number of significant investigations and risk assessments around the world. He has advised on ethical implications of a number of M&A transactions. He regularly talks on ethical issues relating to international transactions and is a keen supporter of organisations dedicated to support for human rights. He is a member of The Human Rights Watch London Committee.

The discussion will be followed by a drinks and networking reception, kindly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.

Please note that the list of attendees' names will be provided to Norton Rose Fulbright LLP for the security purposes of entry on the evening of this event.

Registration for this event has closed. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at our future events. Please email edith.lai@ypfp.org if you wish to added to our mailing list.

July 14, 2015 at 7pm - 10pm
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
3 More London Riverside
London SE1 2AQ
United Kingdom
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Edith Lai ·