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Human Rights

Meet the team

Andrea Saldarriaga


Business and Human Rights consultant

Andrea Saldarriaga is a civil law and international lawyer with extensive experience in investment law, business and human rights and sustainable development. As an associate with various law firms, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Andrea spent several years working closely with corporations to develop their business strategies, structure and oversee complex transactions and defend their interests in commercial and investment arbitrations. She also participated in pro bono human rights cases. Andrea was among the experts that advised the former Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights (SRSG) John Ruggie on investment issues and the “Principles for responsible contracts”, presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2011. Andrea currently co-Leads the Investment and Human Rights Project at the LSE and teaches business and human rights at ESSEC Business School Paris and ESCP Business School Europe. She is communication officer for the IBA's CSR Committee and has been recently named a member of the roster of experts to the Project Complaint Mechanism at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

Catie Shavin


Business and Human Rights consultant

Catie Shavin is an independent consultant, and has provided advisory, research, analytical and project development support to organisations including Clifford Chance, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, the British Institute for International and Comparative Law and the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE). She is also a Programme Director with Global Business Initiative on human rights (GBI). In that capacity, Catie delivers multi-day peer learning workshops for 18 leading multinational companies and tracks emerging good practice across business implementation of respect for human rights. Catie practiced law as a solicitor with Allens, where she advised clients on emerging international business responsibilities, commercial dispute resolution and public interest litigation. She also provided assistance to former SRSG John Ruggie including by contributing to five reports for the Corporate Law Project, and to the Global Compact Network Australia, supporting the network's Human Rights Leadership Group for Business to develop knowledge-sharing events. Catie is currently developing an online resource to build the capacity of the Australian legal profession to engage effectively with business-related human rights challenges.

Andrea Shemberg


Business and Human Rights consultant

Andrea Shemberg is a common law and international human rights lawyer with more than 13 years' experience in business and human rights. From 2007 to 2011, Andrea served as Legal Advisor to John Ruggie during his mandate as UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights (SRSG). In this role she advised on international law issues and assisted in the drafting and development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Andrea began her legal career with a management-side commercial law firm in the United States before working as a legal advisor on business and human rights with Amnesty International UK and the International Commission of Jurists. She holds an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Andrea currently co-Leads the Investment and Human Rights Programme at the LSE and serves as an Advisor to the Global Business Initiative on human rights (GBI). She also teaches business and human rights law and policy in oil, gas and mining at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Human Rights and Rule of Law Policy Adviser

Sarah leads on the Law Society’s human rights and rule of law work including building strategy and international policy, addressing human rights violations and running a programme of activity to promote the rule of law, good governance and access to justice globally. She has 9 years’ experience working in development and human rights including projects throughout South America and Europe. She has a BSc in Child Psychology, an LLB and an LLM in international human rights.

Alexa Virdi


Business and Human Rights Research Assistant

Alexa Virdi is a lawyer specialising in anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). She is currently pursuing a PhD in law at the University of Oxford exploring issues surrounding international efforts to prevent corruption and repatriate corrupt assets while upholding principles of justice and human rights. Prior to this she worked for the Government of Bermuda advising the Attorney-General in relation to AML/CFT and completed an L.LM in human rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Business and Human Rights Workshops

people thinking

The Law Society’s Business and Human Rights programme will be running a series of events and activities throughout 2015 across England & Wales

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Stakeholder engagement - Written submissions

HR Essay Writing Competition

Stakeholder engagement is an important part of the Law Society business and human rights programme and we are interested to hear from you.

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Business and Human Rights - Recommendations


Read the recommendations of the Law Society's business and human rights advisory group (BHRAG)