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Guidance for lawyers

The following compilation of documents intends to provide support for lawyers on corporate legal accountability issues, including the practical application of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

For lawyers advising affected communities

Accountability Counsel

The Accountability Resource Guide, April 2012

Amnesty International

Injustice incorporated: Corporate Abuses and the Human Right to Remedy, March 2014

American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights (ABA)

Justice Defenders Programme with option to request assistance/refer cases

Canadian Centre for International Justice

Justice for Human Rights Abuses - How can CCIJ help you?

CORE Coalition & Leigh Day

UK: Training materials on litigation & access to information in cases of corporate abuse, Jul 2015

CORE Coalition & London Mining Network

Holding UK companies to account in the English courts for harming people in other countries, Aug 2016 

EarthRights International

Foreign Legal Assistance Guide: A guide for using US courts to obtain information for foreign legal cases

Human Rights in Business

Human rights in European Business. A practical handbook for civil society organisations and human rights defenders

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), CORE Coalition & European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)

The Third Pillar: Access to Judicial Remedies for Human Rights Violations by Transitional Business, Dec 2013 

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses a Guide for Victims and NGOs on Recourse Mechanisms, May 2016

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Legal tools for citizen empowerment

Open Society Justice Initiative

How to pay for legal empowerment: alternative structures and sources


For lawyers advising companies

Advocates for International Development (A4ID)

Law Firm's Implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Discussion Paper, Nov 2011

American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights (ABA)

Anti-trafficking Programme

Resolution 109, Feb 2012

Business, Human Rights, and Sustainability Sourcebook, 2015

Fernando Pombo Foundation

The role of business lawyers in human rights compliance, May 2014

International Bar Association (IBA)

Handbook for lawyers on business and human rights, Jul 2017

Reference Annex to the IBA Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers, Nov 2016

IBA Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers, Jun 2016

Business and Human Rights Guidance for Bar Associations, Oct 2014

Law Council of Australia

Business and Human Rights and the Australian Legal Profession, Jan 2016

Business and Human Rights: Some Questions and Answers for Business Lawyers, Jan 2016

Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process

Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process: Emerging Practice, Insights and Reflections. Workshop Report, Nov 2016

Law Society of England and Wales

Business and Human Rights Advisory Group Recommendations, Jan 2014

Business and Human Rights Programme

Shift Project

What Do Human Rights Have to Do With Mergers and Acquisitions?, Anna Triponel, Jan 2016

Six Reasons Why Lawyers Should Practice Law with Respect for Human Rights, John F. Sherman, Nov 2013

Professional Responsibility of Lawyers under the Guiding Principles, John F. Sherman, Apr 2012

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Rule of law and land rights, Olga Hancock & Richard Dyton, Feb 2016

[Video] The Risk of Ruggie: Corporate and Compliance, Chris Owen, Victoria Channing & Charles Mayo, Nov 2015

UN Global Compact & Linklaters

Guide to General Counsel (G4GC) on Corporate Sustainability, Jun 2015