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Business and Human Rights Law

Business and human rights regulatory compliance and litigation risks are becoming core concerns for many businesses wherever they operate. Our team helps clients navigate increasingly complex and sometimes competing legal requirements in this area.

One of the few specialist business and human rights (BHR) practices in the world, with nearly two decades of experience, our team supports clients throughout all stages of their businesses. We work with our clients as partners, investing time to understand your business objectives and needs and finding solutions to enable you to meet your responsibilities to respect human rights and aspirations to make a positive social impact.

We advise on regulatory and litigation risks, as well as implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other social performance standards. Key aspects of our practice include:

  • designing human rights policies and compliance systems to respond to the evolving expectations of stakeholders, investors, business partners, courts and regulators
  • advising on effective governance practices, corporate culture and management structures
  • setting appropriate human rights performance targets, developing performance monitoring systems and assisting with corporate reporting and communications
  • representing clients in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings before State courts
  • proceedings before the OECD National Contact Points; as well as in international commercial and investor-State arbitrations raising BHR issues
  • advising on human rights-related internal and external investigations, the management of crises, engagement with governments and civil society and the defence of enforcement actions
  • providing transactional support and assisting with human rights due diligence
  • developing operational level grievance mechanisms and whistle-blowing procedures.

Our broad and extensive geographical reach, together with a network of specialist local firms, means we can provide comprehensive advice in any domestic jurisdiction, on both public and private international law. We publish the market-leading publication in BHR law, the Business and Human Rights Review, and can keep you abreast of the latest BHR initiatives, legislative developments and litigation around the globe.

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Publications: 21 April 2022

Recent developments in European Business and Human Rights (BHR) Litigation

Key takeaways from our latest cross-border BHR litigation webinar Our European BHR litigation specialists recently hosted a cross-border webinar on the emerging BHR legal frameworks across Europe,…

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Publications: 25 February 2022

The EU Commission's proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence

Paving the way to a sustainable business community in the EU.

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Publications: 04 May 2021

Focus falls on corporate vigilance and accountability in Belgium

Lawmakers push for a framework for mandatory value chain due diligence.

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Publications: 25 February 2021

Okpabi: Supreme Court rules that Nigerian communities can sue Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary in England

Okpabi and others (Appellants) v Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another (Respondents) [2021] UKSC 3, 12 February 2021.

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Business and Human Rights Law

Allen & Overy’s Global Business & Human Rights Law Group integrates lawyers from across the firm to provide both transactional and stand alone advice, as well as dispute resolution services in all areas of BHR law at national, regional and international levels.

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