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Climate Change & International Human Rights Law: The Challenges for Business

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We would like to invite you to an evening meeting to discuss the human rights impacts, challenges and risks for business vis-à-vis climate change.  

A panel of speakers including leaders in law, advocacy, and corporate responsibility will share their views.  The broad framework will be the recommendations set out by the Intl. Bar Association’s (IBA) Presidential Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights.  Their 2014 report, "Achieving Justice and Human Rights in an Era of Climate Disruption", reinforces the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by calling for model corporate policy, mandatory reporting, clarity on regulation, and extra-territorial obligations for corporate abuses overseas.

Mary Robinson, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change has called climate change "very likely, the single greatest human rights challenge of the 21st Century". 2015 is a key year for climate change negotiations around the world, and thus is imperative to shed more clarity on the role business can play in this area.

Confirmed speakers:

Roger R Martella - served as Vice-Chair of the IBA Presidential Task Force on Climate Change & Human Rights; Roger co-leads the environmental practice group at Sidley Austin LLP, having served for 10 years as the General Counsel of the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

Julie-Anne Richards – Policy Manager of Food & Climate Justice at Oxfam GB, Julie-Anne has been part of campaigns fighting climate change for over a decade, and was the International Policy Coordinator for the Global Climate Action Network.

Kate Harrison - practising international lawyer litigating on climate issues, including international aviation, and a partner at Harrison Grant, a practice noted for its success in environmental law and human rights. 

Emilie Prattico - leads the development and stewardship of strategic partnerships on climate change at BSR.  She is currently working in partnership with UNEP to spur private sector action on emissions reductions of short-lived climate pollutants.

This event is co-hosted by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and University of Notre Dame Law School.

We hope you can make it!

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Janczenia [email protected]

We would like to invite you to an evening meeting to discuss the human rights impacts, challenges and risks for business vis-à-vis climate change.  

Date & time: 27 May 2015, 18:00 - 19:30 (followed by a reception)

Location: University of Notre Dame in London, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG

Registration: Places are limited.  Follow this link to RSVP.  Registration closes 22 May.