Business and the Bar - The Legal Profession’s Leadership on Business and Human Rights

Date: Monday 08 June 2015

Location: Geneva, Switzerland Palais des Nations


The American Bar Association (ABA) endorsed the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in February 2012.  It did so recognizing the broad impact that the private sector can and does have on human rights across the globe and, therefore, the pivotal role that business can perform in respecting and advancing human rights to the benefit of all concerned.  The ABA also recognizes the symbiotic relationship between the business and legal communities in virtually all areas of business activity and thus the importance of the legal profession’s engagement and leadership in this burgeoning area of human rights law and policy. This conference will open a dialogue with the legal profession to encourage its engagement and its optimal leadership role going forward.

Objectives of the Dialogue

To increase the global legal profession’s awareness of and engagement in the growing business and human rights movement, with an emphasis on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the means by which the organized Bar Associations can promote the uptake, dissemination, and implementation of the UNGPs.


1) Joint Declaration of commitment to the UNGPs and their implementation;
2) Commitment to future periodic meetings to assess progress on fulfilling the Joint Declaration;
3) Ongoing examination of the role of human rights in the rules of professional conduct of Bar Associations.


Representatives of national, regional, and international bar associations, with external additional experts in the field of business and human rights.

For more information please see here.

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