Business and Human Rights Network

Research and dialogue on responsible business conduct and investment

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The Dundee Business and Human Rights Network engages with current scholarship, legal and policy developments in the fields of responsible business, Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainable investment.

The Network is directed by Dr. Claire Methven O’Brien, Reader in Law and convenor of the University of Dundee LLM Business and Human Rights.

Find out more about the Network’s recent and upcoming activities below and our 2021 seminar series on proposals for a United Nations business and human rights treaty and in particular a framework convention.

External speaker talks: Spring 2023

This series is intended to benefit students on the LLM Business and Human Rights (LW51128) and Corporate Sustainability and ESG Law (LW52146) Modules. However, the events are open to all graduate and undergraduate students and staff across the University of Dundee School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP) and School of Business.

Conference - 6 September 2023

The current state and future trajectories of human rights due diligence laws (2022)

This conference will present work from a forthcoming volume of the same title to be edited by Dr. Claire Methven O’Brien, Reader in Law at the University of Dundee, and Prof. Larry Cata Backer, Penn State University, USA.

Morning programme

9:45 – 10:00 Claire Methven O’Brien

Sector and Thematic Due Diligence Laws
10 - 10:25 Shelley Marshall/Justine Nolan (+9 hours) (19:00 Local time)

10:25 – 10:30

Human Rights Due Diligence and Foreign Liability Claims
10.30 – 10.55 AM Lucas Roorda (+1) (11:30 Local time)

10:55 – 11:00

Supply Chain Due Diligence Law in Germany
11:00 - 11:25 Birgit Spiesshofer (+1) (12 Noon Local time)

11:25 – 11:30 am

Relationship of Human Rights Due Diligence to Civil and Tort Law
11:30 – 11:55 Carola Glinski 

11:55 – Noon

Human Rights Due Diligence in the UNGPs
Noon – 12:25 Larry Catá Backer

Afternoon Programme

14:45 – 15:00  Larry Catá Backer

Relationship to Human Rights Due Diligence in International Environmental, Climate, and Sustainability Law
15:00 – 15:25 Sara Seck (-4 hours) (11:00 Local Time) 

15:25 – 15:30 

US Measures on Human Rights Due Diligence
15:30 – 15:55 PM Eric Biel /Carlos M. Vázquez (-5 hours) (10:30 Local Time)

15:55 – 16:00

Human Rights Due Diligence and Disclosure Regimes
16:00 – 16:25 PM Anil Yilmaz/Rachel Chambers (-5 hours) (11:00 Local Time)

16:25 – 16:30

Human Rights Due Diligence in Contract Law
16:30 – 16:55 Patrick Miller/Susan Maslow/David Snyder (-8 hours) (8.30 Local Time)

16:55 – 17:00

(EU Due Diligence Legislation/Wrap Up)
17:00 – 17:25 Claire Methven O’Brien

17:25 – 17:30

Closing Remarks
17:30 –18:00 Claire & Larry; Conference Participants