Business and Human Rights for Legal Practitioners


from July 05 to July 16, 2021

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Summer Course
Business and Human Rights for Legal Practitioners

A 25-hour programme from July 5 to 16 

With less than 10 years left to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the law and lawyers have critical roles to play in driving progress under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The private sector is increasingly integrating the SDGs into their business practice in order to better manage their risks, build positions in growth markets, and strengthen their supply chains. As companies seek advice about the legal and regulatory implications of aligning themselves with the goals, the UNGPs and the SDGs are fast becoming emerging areas of practice in which lawyers are requested to provide responsible advice to their corporate clients.

Why is this Course useful?

Lawyers should be aware of the core concepts and principles established by the UNGPs and understand international human rights principles and how they relate to businesses’ operations and play a vital role in helping businesses avoid involvement in human rights violations. Law firms are increasingly finding that their business clients seek and require legal advice on the human rights aspects of their transactions and activities to identify and mitigate risks, comply with international and national regulations, and promote their visibility as ethical businesses.

This situation presents a challenge to business lawyers who are required to understand and integrate human rights into their current representation and advisory services. It also presents an opportunity to expand the scope of advice and develop new services in light of the growing expectation that businesses respect human rights throughout their operations.

The Course provides lawyers with an in-depth understanding of the latest issues at the nexus of law and sustainable development, the human rights impacts resulting from business activities at the international, regional, and national levels, and how to carry out a corporate human rights due diligence process.

Upon completion of the Course, the participants should be able to: demonstrate a thorough knowledge of human rights standards and how they apply to companies and the challenges they face; understand the need for corporate due diligence and identify processes and approaches for undertaking it; and develop due diligence assessment methods and tools companies can use in order to ensure respect for human rights.


For more information or if you are interested in joining the event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Organising Committee

  • Organising Committee

    Carlos DE MIGUEL PERALES Departamento de Derecho Privado, Facultad de Derecho, Comillas Universidad Pontificia Madrid, Spain
    Carolina MARÍN PEDREÑO President of the UIA Human Rights Commission // Dawson Cornwell Solicitors London, United Kingdom
    Dr. Corinne LEWIS LexJusti Brussels, Belgium
  • Course Coordinator

    Avv. Carlo MASTELLONE UIA Counsellor to the President // SLM - Studio Legale Mastellone LegAll® Firenze Florence, Italy





After registering, you will receive a confirmation email explaining how to join the Course.

Please note that the number of places is limited. The organisers reserve the right to refuse registrations in the event of excess applications. Admission will be on a first come – first served basis and will only be confirmed upon receipt in full of the registration fees.

**Amounts exclusive of VAT. The VAT (20%) can be applied to the amount stated above according to the European Directive 2006/112/CE of November 28, 2006. If you have one, please provide your EU VAT ID number. For more information, please contact the UIA.


10 modules of 2 hours and a half each
3 Introductory General Modules and
7 Area Specific Modules on the implementation and practical effect of the UNGPs and SDGs

Monday through Friday
from 16:00 to 18:30 CEST
on July 5- 6- 7- 8- 9 and
July 12- 13- 14- 15- 16


A mix of presentations, interactive exercises and real case studies.


The working language will be English.


Every participant attending the Forum will receive a “Certificate of Participation” at the end of the event that may be used to obtain “Credits” for “Continuing Legal Education”.


Please do not hesitate to contact us at uiacentre@uianet.org or by phone +33 1 44 88 55 66 should you have any questions.


All cancellations will be subject to a 50% deduction and will have to be sent in writing, to be received by the International Association of Lawyers (UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats) no later than June 21, 2021. No refund will be made for cancellations received after this date.

A participant, who cannot attend, may send a substitute participant without any additional cost. Please inform the UIA in writing (uiacentre@uianet.org) prior to the event.


All registrations received by the International Association of Lawyers (UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats) along with the full payment of fees corresponding to the events selected will be confirmed in writing. If you have not received an email confirmation within 48 hours after your registration, please contact the team at uiacentre@uianet.org

The UIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course to a later date, change the programme, make any corrections or modifications in the information published in the programme and cancel any invitation to participate in the course, at any time and at their entire discretion, without having to provide any reasons for the same.
Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate, accompanying person or a third party following any cancellations, changes, postponements or modifications.

Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature whatever, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate or accompanying person, except in case of death or personal injury due to gross negligence by the UIA.

The contractual relations between the UIA and each participant (delegate) in relation to the course are subject to French law and jurisdiction, to the exclusion of any other law. Paris is the city of jurisdiction.

In registering for our events, delegates and speakers grant permission to the UIA, its agents and others working under its authority, to film, record or photograph at its events. It is understood that these recordings and photographs may be used for promotional, news, online/multimedia and/or marketing purposes for the promotion of the organisation and its events. If you wish to be excluded from any recording or photograph, please email us at uiacentre@uianet.org at the time of your registration.

“Force majeure” means any events external to the parties, of both an unforeseeable and insurmountable nature that prevents either the client or the participants, or the agency or service providers involved in organising the event, from executing all or part of the obligations provided for in the present agreement. By express agreement, such will be the case in the event of a strike affecting the means of transport, hotel staff, air traffic controllers, an insurrection, a riot or any prohibition whatsoever decreed by governmental or public authorities.

It is expressly agreed that for the parties, a case of force majeure would suspend the execution of their reciprocal obligations. At the same time, each of the parties shall bear the burden of all the expenses incumbent upon them, resulting from the case of force majeure.


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Your data will be managed by UIA's General Services, Events and Accounts Section:
• For the purpose of administering your registration for the event and your on-site access to the event;
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• In order to communicate information messages from UIA.

To the extent necessary for the execution of their respective tasks, our subcontractors in charge of our event organisation, our IT infrastructure, our management, the production and maintenance of our website and extranet, are likely to gain access to your data from time to time. Their servers are located in the European Union.

Data relating to your participation in the event shall be stored for a period of 10 years. We are obliged to archive billing data until the end of the period required for our tax and accounting obligations, i.e. for 7 full tax years. We shall store your contact information to keep you informed until you ask us to stop. You have the right to access your data and have it corrected if necessary.

You may object to any processing of your data undertaken by us for the purposes of our legitimate interests. If you wish for more information, or to lodge a complaint, please contact CNIL (French Data Protection Authority).

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