Developments in the legal profession in regards to providing counsel to corporate clients on preventing human rights impacts continue to advance, most recently in Europe.
July 2017 | International Bar Assocation
This handbook, published by the International Bar Association, aims to assist lawyers who seek to integrate business and human rights considerations into the advice they provide to clients in relation to M&A and commercial transactions.
September 2016 | David W. Rivkin, President
International Bar Association President David. W. Rivkin writes about the far-reaching implications of the IBA's new Practical Guide for business lawyers on human rights.
June 2016 | International Bar Association
This foundational guidance, issued by the International Bar Association, is designed to help bar associations and business lawyers everywhere understand the Guiding Principles.
April 2016 | Shift, UN Global Compact
This webinar, hosted by the UN Global Compact, provides an overview and discussion of how human rights can and should be considered in mergers and acquisitions processes. It features speakers from Shift, Total and Ericsson.
January 2016 | Anna Triponel, Shift
This resource provides guidance on how companies can identify and address human rights risks when structuring mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions.
October 2015 | John G. Ruggie and John F. Sherman III; Oxford Journal of International Dispute Settlement
This article argues that the Guiding Principles add significant “punch” to the private law of contracts when major international businesses require their partners and suppliers to comply with the Guiding Principles.
The International Bar Association has issued draft guidance for legal professionals on the Guiding Principles.
February 2014 | John F. Sherman III, Shift; Juriste International
This short article lays out why business lawyers need to understand the Guiding Principles and consider human rights as part of due diligence they perform for clients and companies.
November 2013 | John G. Ruggie
Shift Chair and Guiding Principles author John Ruggie reflects on the implications of the Guiding Principles for lawyers.
January 2013 | John F. Sherman III; In-House Defense Quarterly
This resource focuses on the significance and implications of the Guiding Principles for corporate lawyers and the role of lawyers in meeting client business goals while respecting human rights.
October 2012 | John S. Sherman III; Shift
Former corporate lawyer and Shift General Counsel John Sherman argues that potential concerns about conducting human rights due diligence are more than offset by the benefits of doing it.
August 2012 | International Bar Association, UN Global Compact
This instructional video series shares insights from leading experts and practitioners about the important role of lawyers in the design and management of corporate policies and practices on human rights.
Hard and soft law developments with implications for lawyers as they advise corporate clients on human rights.
November 2011 | Advocates for International Development
This discussion paper, produced just after the endorsement of the Guiding Principles, addresses legal professionals key responsibilities when it comes to human rights, and identifies leading practices.
June 2011 | John G. Ruggie; UN Human Rights Council, UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights
This resource, issued as an addendum to Ruggie’s final report to the UN Human Rights Council, outlines 10 principles designed to help guide the integration of human rights risk management into contract negotiations.
May 2011 | John G. Ruggie; UN Human Rights Council
This report summarizes the findings based on extensive research and consultation with corporate law experts in multiple jurisdictions regarding the links between corporate and securities law and human rights.