Please find below some materials from our human rights conference on business and human rights. More to follow so please keep checking!

Keynote Speech: (recording to follow)

Robert Buckland QC MP, Solicitor General

Solicitor General speech on business and human rights

Plenary 1: Overview Business and Human Rights (Recording to follow)

Chair:

  • Robert Khan, Head of Law Reform, The Law Society

Speakers:

  • Peter Frankental, economic relations programme director, Amnesty International UK
  • Nicole Bigby, partner, director of risk, Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Professor Sheldon Leader, barrister, director, Essex Business and Human Rights Project, University of Essex
  • Gabbi Loedolff, senior creative buyer, Lush Cosmetics

Breakout session A:

A1: Treaty on business and human rights

Chair:

  • Marjon Esfandiary, member, Law Society Human Rights Committee

Speakers:

  • Chris Esdaile, solicitor, Leigh Day
  • Margaret Wachenfeld, director of research and legal affairs, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Courtenay Barklem, partner, McCue & Parnters, member, Law Society Human Rights Committee

A2: Are international remedies accessible?

Chair:

  • Anthony Robinson, consultant solicitor, Scott-Moncrieff & Associates, member, Law Society Human Rights Committee

Speakers:

  • Peter Frankental, economic relations programme director, Amnesty International UK
  • Stephane Brabant, partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP
  • Professor Mary Footer, professor of international economic law, University of Nottingham Law School
  • Gabriela Quijano, business and human rights legal adviser, global thematic issues, Amnesty International - International Secretariat

A3: Supply chains: Responsibility and Accountability

Chair:

  • Andrew Denny, partner, Allen & Overy LLP

Speakers:

  • Maya Foa, director, Reprieve’s death penalty team, founder, Stop the Lethal Injection Project
  • Colleen Theron, director, Finance Against Trafficking, member, Law Society Human Rights Committee
  • Louise Moore, partner, Hogan Lovells

Keynote (recording to follow)

Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE, vice-chairman, Human Trafficking Foundation

Plenary 2: UK business and human rights (recording to follow)

Chair:

  • Bob Heslett, chair, Business and Human Rights Advisory Group, The Law Society

Speakers:

  • Dr Aidan McQuade, director, Anti-Slavery International
  • Stephen Lowe, head, business & human rights & freedom of expression, Human Rights & Democracy Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Rae Lindsay, partner, Clifford Chance, member, Business and Human Rights Advisory Group
  • Shanta Martin, partner, Leigh Day, member, Law Society Human Rights Committee

Breakout sessions B:

B1: Access to remedy post LASPO

Chair:

  • Carol Storer, director, Legal Aid Practitioners Group

Speakers:

  • Steve Hynes, director, Legal Action Group
  • Roger Smith OBE, researcher, journalist and consultant

B2: Modern Slavery

Chair:

  • Alastair Logan OBE, member, Law Society Human Rights Committee

Speakers:

  • Dr Aidan McQuade, director, Anti-Slavery International
  • David Hammond, founder of the “Human Rights at Sea” International Initiative, Barrister, 9 Bedford Row International
  • Parosha Chandran, human rights barrister and modern slavery expert, 1 Pump Court Chambers, London

B3: Lawyers and the Responsibility to Respect

Chair:

  • Professor Sara Chandler, member, Law Society Human Rights Committee

Speakers:

  • Ruby Sandhu, lawyer, facilitator and mediator on CSR and Sustainability, RS Collaboration
  • Daniel Carey, solicitor, Deighton Pierce Glynn
  • Andrea Saldarriaga, co-Lead, Investment & Human Rights Project, London School of Economics and Political Science

Closing keynote (recording to follow)

Richard Howitt MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility

Closing remarks

Jonathan Smithers, vice president, The Law Society