human rights & business (and a few other things)

New Business and Human Rights Programme at the Law Society of England and Wales

Many thanks to my colleague Susan Scott-Hunt, Director of the Clinical Legal Education programme at Middlesex University London, for the info.

The Law Society of England and Wales has launched a Business and Human Rights programme to address increasing needs of their members and their clients in that area. About a year and a half ago the Law Society’s Business and Human Rights advisory group had recommended that business and human rights become part of legal training requirements and continued professional development. The new programme seems to have been launched in the same spirit and it is great to see that more is being done to educate legal professionals in business and human rights matters. 

The Law Society have announced the following events and activities for 2015:

    • One-to-one consultations. The Business and Human Rights programme team will be travelling around England & Wales to meet and talk to members to discuss their needs and see how theycan support them in developing effective policies and procedures within their practices;
    • Business and Human Rights seminars and consultative forums in London, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff;
    • Opportunities for members to become more familiar with recent developments in the area of business and human rights and the implications of these for their practices;
    • Opportunities for members to share their views through an online survey and written submissions

I am pleased to see that the Law Society has put together a strong consultancy team which includes Andrea Saldarriaga and Andrea Shemberg, who both co-lead the enlightening Investment and Human Rights Project at the London School of Economics.

For more information, you may contact the Law Society Human Rights and Rule of Law Policy Adviser, Sarah Smith ([email protected]).

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