30th March

Climate Change Knowledge Group

Panel discussion followed by a group discussion on the UN Guiding Principles

The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (UNGPs) and Climate Change

Thursday 30th March 2017, 6 – 7.45pm 

A4ID is delighted to welcome you to the first session of our Climate Change Knowledge Group 2017:

Linklaters LLP

1 Silk St, London EC2Y 8HQ

This Knowledge Group session will take the format of a panel discussion followed by a group discussion. We will consider whether and how the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) should be applied to the human rights implications of climate change.

Although there has traditionally been some reluctance to widen human rights law to include environmental rights, there is now clear recognition from many sources that climate change is a human rights issue, and that states have explicit obligations to their citizens to mitigate climate impacts. However, there has been only limited consideration and discussion of what the responsibilities of private entities might be.

We will aim to address the following questions:

  • How does climate change fit within the scope of the “protect, respect and remedy” framework?
  • What about scope 3 emissions (ie emissions from sold products)?
  • What would due diligence under UNGPs on climate change look like?
  • How should lawyers advise business clients about assessing and addressing environmental impact?

We are proud to announce the following panel:

Sophie Marjanac, ClientEarth

Sophie works within ClientEarth’s Climate Litigation team. Prior to this she was a senior lawyer at Clayton Utz, Australia’s largest independent law firm, specialising in environmental and planning law. She also previously worked in the Torres Strait region, undertaking litigation, negotiation and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Australian landowners.

Eniko Horvath, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Eniko is Senior Research at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, focusing on climate justice and the UN Guiding Principles. She has experience working on human rights in Argentina, Hungary, Spain and the UK. For her MPhil dissertation  at Cambridge University, she undertook fieldwork in Argentina on exploitation of Bolivian migrant workers.

Hamish McAvaney, Linklaters LLP

Hamish is an Associate in the Environment and Climate Change group at Linklaters. He is also member of the firm’s Operational Intelligence Group, a cross-practice team which specialises in advising on legal, governance and risk issues facing clients. He advises companies on the design and implementation of a human rights and ethics compliance programmes.

Richard Harvey, Garden Court Chambers

Richard is a barrister with over 40 years of experience in human rights, having practised in London, New York and The Hague. He is currently in-house counsel at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, working on climate change litigation and human rights, including corporate responsibility for deforestation, toxic waste disposal and rights to a clean and healthy environment.

Ingrid Gubbay, Hausfeld

Ingrid is Head of Human Rights & Environment law at the London based office of the claimant law firm Hausfeld & Co. She specialises in bringing international group & test case actions, and is involved with the development of procedural and substantive judicial remedies in the area of corporate accountability, at the UN, EU and domestic levels. She has also taken part in the evaluation and application of the UNGPs and the OECD guidelines. She currently Chairs the London based climate change litigator’s forum in partnership with L4BB.

To allow for a practical approach to the issues discussed, the evening will include short group  discussions, in which participants will analyse a case study and discuss how they would advise a business in such a scenario, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Join us for a drinks reception after the event, from 7.45pm.

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