Business and Human Rights Conference, Charles University, Prague

As part of their cooperation with the Brazil University within the UNCE (Human Rights Research Centre), the Faculty of Law of Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) is going to organize a Conference titled ‘Business and Human Rights’, that will take place in Prague on November 27, 2017 at 9.30 am.

The event is aimed at adressing some of the main and most-discussed issues in term of Business and Human Rights both at domestic and international level, such as National Action Plans, legal aspects of corporate responsibility and UNGPs implementation at EU level.



Informal Meeting of the Interest Group – Geneva November 26, 2017

On November 26 an Informal Meeting of the Interest Group will take place at the University of Geneva. The event – organized with the support of the Department of Law of the University of Geneva, Human Rights International Corner and the BHRight Initiative – is aimed at promoting the sharing of information among Business and Human Rights experts, practitioners and scholars in order to enhance a joint research platform.

The Meeting Agenda is available here: Agenda_Meeting_Geneva_Nov26DEF

For additional information and for the registration, please send an e-mail to Marta Bordignon ( or Mara Tignino ( by November 20, 2017.

ABA BHR Project – Advisory Board Meeting to be held in Geneva on November 30, 2017

The meeting of the Advisory Board of the ABA Business and Human Rights Project will take place at the University of Geneva on November 30, 2017 at 9.30 am.

The Agenda of the meeting is now available: ABA-CHR.BHR Project.FINAL

PPTs and Abstracts of the IG Workshop in Naples are now available!

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Following the Workshop organized by the IG on International Business and Human Rights in Naples on September 6, 2017, some of the PPTs and the abstracts are now avaialble.

Check it out!

Abstracts of all the speakers: Abstracts_IGon B&HR_speakers_Naples_2017_DEF

Stéphane Brabant – Introduction to the existing relation between Finance and Human Rights through the lenses of the UNGPs Brabant_PPT

Michelle Ruby Kelsall – Creating markets for virtue or a virtuous market? The UN Guiding Principles, the Financial Services Industry and the Search for Shared Fundamental Values in the Global Economy Kelsall_PDFKelsall_PPT

Alla Tymofeyeva – Business entities under the European Convention on Human Rights Tymofeyeva_PPT

Gabriela Schwarz – Non-judicial grievance mechanisms in commercial banks for victims of human rights infringements arising from project finance Schwarz_PPT


Annual IG Report now available

It is available the Annual IG Report regarding the activities carried out in the last year by the IG and the ones planned for next year.

Check it out! IG_BHR_AnnualReport_2017

The Swiss Federal Council rejected the ‘Responsible Business Initiative’ submitted in October 2016

On September 15, 2017 the Swiss Federal Council has rejected the popular Initiative for Rsponsible Business, submitted last year by collecting more than 120.000 signatures of Swiss citizens.

The following documents are now available: the Press Release by the Federal Council (in Italian); the original statement of the Federal Council; a related briefing and a detailed report both authored by the Swiss Coalition for Responsible Business (in French).

Registration open to the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

The registration to the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights that will be held in Geneva from 27 to 29 November is now opened!

This year there will be the possibility for all the IG Members to take part in the UN Forum as ESIL IG delegation, by confirming their participation by October 2nd, 2017 via email at: An informal meeting of the IG will take place back-to-back to the UN Forum at the University of Geneva.

We really look forward to meeting you in Geneva!