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16 Sept

Business and Human Rights Programme India

A4ID’s Business and Human Rights Programme aims to equip commercial lawyers in India to comply with, and advise their corporate clients on, the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the UNGPs).

A4ID is delivering this programme in India in partnership with international law firms Clifford Chance and Weil Gotshal and Manges, and in collaboration with respected local legal practitioners.

This training will equip lawyers with the knowledge and skills to improve corporate governance and enhance responsible business practices. In addition to learning and skills development regarding the UNGPs, the training will provide a valuable networking opportunity and peer to peer learning between Indian and international lawyers.

We strongly welcome the participation of Partners of firms. We also welcome participation from Principal Associates/ Senior Associates/Associates with 3-5 years work experience.

This programme is delivered in New Delhi on Friday 16th September and Saturday 17th September from 10am to 5pm.

To express interest in attending this programme please complete the enquiry form below.

This training session will allow participants to:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the UNGPs, and what this means for their practice
  • Learn through practice how to apply the UNGPs in their practice in contexts most relevant to business in India; and
  • Develop an awareness of the ways companies may remedy or contribute to the remedy of human rights violations.

This event is free of charge.

Speakers

The team of legal experts involved in designing and delivering the training are set out below.

The team includes members who have significant expertise and experience in advising on local and international business and human rights issues.

Elisabeth Baraka - A4ID

Elisabeth is A4ID’s Head of Partnerships & Legal Services. She has responsibility for A4ID’s international pro bono broker service and the relationships with its Development Partners and Legal Partners.

Elisabeth worked as a lawyer for many years in private practice and as the Manager of a multi-partner pro bono programme in Sydney.

Elisabeth initiated A4ID’s work on business and human rights in 2011, leading the programme that convened global law firms to discuss the issues arising in their application of the UNGPs and then published guidance for law firms in this area.

She has extensive experience formulating and delivering training to lawyers and NGOs, and creating programmes for law firms to use their skills to further human rights and sustainable development. She leads this project for A4ID.

Trishna Mohan Kripalani - A4ID

Trishna is A4ID’s Project Lead in India. She has more than nine years of experience in the legal and humanitarian sector and holds an Advanced Masters in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law from the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law in Geneva.

She is a qualified lawyer in India and has practiced both in chamber practice and law firms. As a lawyer she has worked on civil, criminal and corporate cases, and handled a team of lawyers at Kochhar and Company dealing mostly in corporate litigation including corporate criminal liability and arbitration.

During her Masters in Geneva she was involved in the discourse and working group in Business and Human Rights. She has also been engaged with the development sector with several NGOs and International Organisations including the International Committee of the Red Cross and has worked for the Ministry of Woman and Child Development as a legal consultant.

Peter King - Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Peter is a corporate partner with over 30 years of experience across a wide range of industries, transaction types and geographies, and a particular interest in India. His principal areas of work include cross-border M&A, equity capital markets and corporate governance, with a particular industry focus on the financial services, mining, information technology and utilities sectors.

Peter visits India regularly and works with Indian corporate clients in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and elsewhere in the country. Peter is co-chair of his firm’s Pro Bono Committee, which promotes and manages pro bono legal work across a wide range of corporate, NGO and individual clients. He is also chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the International Bar Association.

He is a trustee of several U.K. charities, a director of the Salvation Army International and of Advocates for International Development and was a founder, together with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, of the Tutu Foundation UK.

Rae Lindsay - Clifford Chance LLP

Rae is a partner in Clifford Chance’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in the London office. She specialises in international law and litigation, and advises clients operating in a number of sectors on compliance and risk management.

In addition to co-heading Clifford Chance’s Business and Human Rights practice and regularly advising clients on related issues, she holds a number of appointments and affiliations in the field, including as Trustee and international board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Member of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and Member of the Law Society of England and Wales Business and Human Rights Advisory Group.

Rae also publishes and lectures frequently on Business and Human Rights related topics.

Roger Leese - Clifford Chance LLP

Roger is a partner in Clifford Chance’s Litigation and Disputes Resolution practice in London. He specialises in commercial, corporate, trust and finance related disputes across a wide range of industries, and co-heads the Firm’s Business and Human Rights practice.

In addition, Roger is responsible for the Firm’s pro bono and Community Affairs programmes, chairs its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and co-heads its Microfinance Group.

He is a member of the UK Minister for International Development’s International pro bono committee. He is also the Chair of A4ID, and is in addition a Trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.

Anna Kirkpatrick - Clifford Chance LLP

Anna is the Senior Professional Support Lawyer for the International Arbitration and Business and Human Rights teams at Clifford Chance and advises clients on Business and Human Rights related issues, and supports the implementation of the UNGPs within the firm.

Before this, Anna was an Associate at a leading City law firm specialising in international commercial and state arbitration and advising clients on international law issues, particularly investment treaty related issues.

She has expertise in the energy, mining and construction sectors, gained honours in her LLM in Law, Governance and Development, with a focus on Business and Human Rights, and holds a Certificate in the Law and Practice of International Human Rights Law.

Kevin Smith - Clifford Chance LLP

Kevin is an associate in Clifford Chance’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. His practice includes Commercial Litigation, Regulatory and International Arbitration work.

He is also involved in Clifford Chance’s Public International Law team and advises in respect of Business and Human Rights and corporate social responsibility issues.

Ankesh Chandaria - Clifford Chance LLP

Ankesh is an associate in Clifford Chance’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. He has a broad practice in commercial disputes, including Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Investigations.

Ankesh is a member of Clifford Chance’s Business and Human Rights group.

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