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Allen & Overy publishes fourth issue of The Business and Human Rights Review

09 September 2016

Allen & Overy LLP’s Human Rights Working Group is delighted to publish the fourth issue of The Business and Human Rights Review, an interdisciplinary journal that brings together academia, business, NGOs and multilateral bodies to debate issues surrounding the relationship between business and human rights.

In this issue we take a close look at the issue of modern slavery from a range of perspectives.

Australian businessman Andrew Forrest discusses his reasons for tackling the risk of modern slavery in his company’s supply chains. A&O Partner Matthew Townsend provides an insight into the requirements of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act which will impact many large companies. And Archana Kotecha, Head of Legal at Liberty Asia, discusses her organisation’s focus on collaboration with a range of professionals to tackle child trafficking in Asia.

There is a growing recognition that business has an important role to play in the protection of human rights and various tools are being developed to assist companies in identifying and managing risks, although as Mark Hodge, Executive Director of the Global Business Initiative for Human Rights points out, this must go beyond a tick-box exercise.

This edition also considers the crucial role for States to play in implementing their duty to protect human rights, both at home and abroad. Counselor Christiana Tah, the former Attorney-General of Liberia, gives us an insight into the experience of simultaneously encouraging foreign investment while strengthening (or entirely rebuilding) the rule of law. Looking to mitigate future challenges, Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg of the London School of Economics argue that now is the right time for States to implement their duty to protect human rights in the context of international policymaking.

Meanwhile, the advantages and disadvantages of the various mechanisms available to address human rights issues in investor-State disputes continue to stimulate vibrant debate, as discussed further by Angeline Welsh and Katrina Limond.

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