6 December 13.30-17.00

Invitation to a public discussion at Oxford University to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The idea that businesses have human rights responsibilities has become widely accepted as the result of the efforts of the so-called “business and human rights movement”. How did this movement come into being? And how will it develop, going forward? As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the speakers will reflect on the history and future of the BHR movement.

The first panel discusses the history of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the efforts that preceded them. It focuses on the emergence of the BHR movement in the UK and the pivotal role Sir Geoffrey Chandler’s work in the 1990s and early 2000s played in this. The second panel looks at the ways forward for the BHR movement. How can the UN Guiding Principles be implemented effectively? Will there be an international treaty on business and human rights? What (other) pathways can and should be followed to achieve access to remedy for victims of corporate human rights abuse?


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