UIA Business and Human Rights Forum for Legal Practitioners – 3rd Edition


del 10 de Julio al 12 de Julio de 2023

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  • 2023-07-10 08:30:00 2023-07-12 18:00:00 Europe/London UIA Business and Human Rights Forum for Legal Practitioners – 3rd Edition MADRID, ESPAÑA UIA
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Forum organised by the UIA in collaboration with the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section, with the support of the IE Law School, Madrid

The UIA Business and Human Rights Forum is an intensive Summer School Course, now in its 3rd edition, which offers a unique opportunity for an in-depth analysis and update on this area of the law. Human rights is attracting growing attention by legal practitioners, who are becoming increasingly aware of their critical roles and responsibilities to play in providing responsible advice and assistance to their corporate clients as well as representing clients in the related litigation.
Panellists are top experts in the field, including officers of international organisations, academics, judges as well as specialist legal practitioners. The programme covers the evolution and key developments of BHR at the international level (the UNGPs 3 pillars, the SDGs, the Global Compact …), and an overview of the legislative and regulatory requirements in key countries in Europe, Japan, the USA and China, with an update of the developments within the European Union - the CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive); the Taxonomy Regulation; the SFDR (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ); and the latest developments on the EU Commission Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive proposal.

All these initiatives reflect a shift from soft law to hard law hence transforming the responsibility to respect human rights derived from international standards into a legal duty.

A specific session will be dedicated to the HRDD (Human Rights Due Diligence) process, with a practical guidance for lawyers on how HRDD is an instrument to prevent and mitigate potential or actual adverse impacts on human rights and the environment, enhancing good governance throughout the value chain. Specific sessions will deal with issues and developments in the areas of Environmental Law, Employment Law, Banking and Financial Services, and international commercial contracts

The final day of the Forum will address the risks of litigating human rights issues before international courts (the European Court of Human Rights, the Interamerican Court of Human Rights, the African Court of Human Rights…) as well as civil litigation (to include arbitration according to the Hague rules on BHR ), criminal proceedings and regulatory proceedings.

Why is this Course useful?
Lawyers should be aware of the core concepts and principles concerning human rights, how they relate to businesses’ operations and how they may play a vital role in helping businesses avoid involvement in human rights violations. Law firms and in-house counsels are increasingly finding that their business clients seek and require legal advice on the human rights aspects of their transactions and activities to identify, prevent and mitigate risks, comply with international and national regulations, and promote their visibility as ethical businesses.

The Course provides lawyers with an in‐depth understanding of the latest issues at the nexus of law and sustainable development; an appreciation of the human rights impacts resulting from business activities at the international, regional, and national levels; guidance on how to carry out a corporate human rights due diligence process; tackling the link between human rights and specific legal areas; and an understanding of the risks of human rights related litigation.

Upon completion of the Course, the participants should be able to: demonstrate a thorough knowledge of human rights standards and the applicability of the standards to the challenges companies face; understand the need for corporate due diligence; identify risk management processes and approaches for undertaking due diligence; and develop due diligence assessment methods and tools companies can use to further their respect for human rights.

Who should attend?
Business and human rights practitioners, business lawyers, litigation lawyers, development lawyers, in‐house counsel, academics, representatives from NGOs and governmental organizations.

Comité organizador

  • Comité Organizador

    Carlos DE MIGUEL PERALES Lawyer and University Professor, 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 Partner, LexJusti, Brussels, Belgium
    Wendy M. TAUBE, Esq., LL.M. Co-Chair to the ABA International Human Rights Committee, Lawyer, Taube Law, LLC, Chicago, Illinois
    Steven M. RICHMAN Co-Chair to the ABA International Human Rights Committee, Lawyer, Taube Law, LLC, Chicago, Illinois
    Isidro NIÑEROLA TORRES President of the Next Gen Network
  • Coordinador del Foro

    Carlo MASTELLONE UIA Vice-President, SLM - Studio Legale Mastellone LegAll® Firenze, Florence, Italy


  • IE Law School




IE Law School (Aula Magna)
Maria de Molina 11,
28006 Madrid



  • On or before June 9: € 490*
  • From June 10: € 540*


  • On or before June 9: € 440*
  • From June 10: € 490*


€ 100*


€ 100*

* The VAT (21%) can be applied to the amount stated above according to the European Directive 2006/112/CE of November 28, 2006. If you provide an EU VAT ID number, the VAT will not be charged. For more information, please contact the UIA.

** Please provide proof of age to benefit from young lawyers fee.
*** Please provide proof (student card ie) of being a IE student/alumni.

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.


The working language is English; there will not be any simultaneous translation service.


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”.


A limited number of rooms have been pre-booked at a preferential rate at the hotels listed below. Reservations should be made directly through the hotel. Credit card details must be given in order to secure your reservation. Please note that the number of rooms is limited. We recommend that you proceed with your reservations as soon as possible.

NH Madrid Príncipe de Vergara (4*)
At 900 m from the Seminar venue (12 min. by walk)
C/ Príncipe de Vergara 92
28006 Madrid, Spain
T 34 91 5632695

Standard double room for single use: EUR 128.70
Breakfast and taxes included

Book by phone or e-mail with the reference 109790393

NH Madrid Zurbano (4*)
At 850 meters from the Seminar venue (12 min. by walk)
Calle de Zurbano, 79-81
28003 Madrid, Spain
T +34 914 41 45 00

  • Standard double room for single use: EUR 141.90
  • Standard double room: EUR 158.40

Breakfast and taxes included

Book by https://www.nh-hoteles.es/event/union-internationale-des-avocats

Meliá Madrid Serrano (4*)
At 450 meters from the Seminar venue (6 min. by walk)
Calle de Claudio Coello, 139,
28006 Madrid, Spain
T +34 915 62 66 00

  • Standard double room for single use: EUR 132.87
  • Standard double room: EUR 147.29
  • Premium double room for single use: EUR 158.62
  • Premium room: EUR 180.25
  • THE LEVEL double room for single use: EUR 180.25
  • THE LEVEL double room: EUR 200.85

Breakfast and taxes included

Book by email at reservas.meliamadrid.serrano@melia.com and indicate the reference UIA Seminar – in collaboration with IE


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 9, 2023. 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 Forum 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 Forum, 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.

The contractual relations between the UIA and each participant (delegate) in relation to the Forum 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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