16 Feb 2017 - by A4ID

A4ID launches Peer to Peer Network on Business & Human Rights for lawyers in Indian, Kenyan and global firms

A4ID has launched a peer to peer network for lawyers in India, Kenya and in international firms to connect with each other and exchange knowledge, experiences and materials on the growing and increasingly important field of Business and Human Rights.

A4ID has launched a peer to peer network for lawyers in India, Kenya and in international firms to connect with each other and exchange knowledge, experiences and materials on the growing and increasingly important field of Business and Human Rights.

The aim is to build strong and self-sustaining relationships between lawyers across countries so that they can assist each other in understanding and applying the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and advise their clients on these principles.

34 lawyers have been matched into transnational peer groups, with members of different jurisdictions, practice areas and experiences in the field of Business and Human Rights. Most of these lawyers attended a training session on Business & Human Rights delivered by A4ID in London, New Delhi and Nairobi in 2016.

The Peer to Peer network benefits from diversity among the participants in terms of practice areas and levels of seniority. The group includes 12 partners who bring a wealth of experience and a strong interest in incorporating Business and Human Rights principles into their work and their firms’ strategy.

The peer groups will convene regularly over the year, exchanging questions, experiences and tips, and sharing materials and examples of scenarios in which the UN Guiding Principles can make a significant difference in their work and client relations.

Lawyers are increasingly required to be familiar with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, yet few have received formal training on this dynamic field, which is increasingly finding its way into hard law.

A4ID offers training and resources for lawyers to incorporate human rights into their advisory services, thereby enhancing the range of advice they offer, while taking the opportunity to be agents of change in the fight against human rights abuses.

 

Contact:

Laurène Veale, Head of Learning:  Laurene.veale@a4id.org

If you are a law firm interested in partnering with A4ID on this project, please contact:

Elisabeth Baraka, Head of Partnerships and Legal Services: Elisabeth.baraka@a4id.org

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