Monday 1 February 2016

The proliferation of legislation and court decisions around the world regarding the human rights responsibilities of governments and corporations raises important issues for government, senior corporate officials, legal practitioners, judges, civil society, scholars and others.

On 17 February 2016, Australian Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs will host a RightsTalk with the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London, Professor Robert McCorquodale, to discuss the responsibilities of business and government when it comes to human rights.

Some governments and corporations have already responded to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 2011; others are moving slowly, if at all.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of court decisions around the world fuels speculation that we need to draft an international treaty to provide certainty about the human rights responsibilities for business and government.

This RightsTalk explores the key issues, including the legal obligations of governments to act, the extent of corporate responsibility to respect human rights, the legal consequence of a corporate failure to respect human rights, and the need for access to remedies for those whose rights are ignored.

Professor McCorquodale is also Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham, and a barrister at Brick Court Chambers in London.

Before embarking on an academic career, he worked as a solicitor in commercial litigation with King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and Herbert Smith Freehills in London.

Professor McCorquodale’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of public international law and human rights law, with a particular focus on business and human rights issues, as well as the rule of law.

Host: The Australian Human Rights Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs.
Guest speaker: Professor Robert McCorquodale
Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Location: Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Please register here.

This event is co-hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright and the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia.