United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights: Access to Judicial Remedy panel discussion

Print Friendly and PDF

Date: December 4, 2012

Location:

Palais des Nations, Geneva
December 3-5, 2012

CCR is proud to announce Senior Staff Attorney Katherine Gallagher will present on a panel at the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights titled Access to Judicial Remedy.

This panel seeks to outline the main obstacles faced by victims of corporate-related human rights abuses in accessing judicial remedies and to put forward proposals to overcome practical and legal obstacles faced by victims of corporate-related human rights abuses. The panel also seeks to make concrete recommendations to the Working Group.

Access to an effective remedy has been identified as a core pillar in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011.

While the Guiding Principles require States to consider ways to reduce relevant legal, practical and other barriers that could lead to a denial of access to judicial remedy, there is limited guidance available on how to alleviate such barriers.

The issue of access to judicial remedy has also received relatively little attention in the debates on the implementation of the UN Framework. Attention has been largely focused on the role of States in developing policies to promote corporate respect for human rights, and on developing guidance for business enterprises on the implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect. The debate on access to remedies tends to concern mostly non-judicial remedies such as National Contact Points established under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Who: CCR Senior Staff Attorney Katherine Gallagher and others (listed below)
What: Access to Judicial Remedy Panel Discussion
Where: U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva
When: December 4, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in room XXIII

Facilitated by Conectas Direitos Humanos and FIDH, and Moderated by Ms. Elin Wrzoncki – Head of Globalisation and Human Rights Desk, FIDH.

Panelists
Ms. Katherine Gallagher – Senior Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Ms. Juana Kweitel – Program Director Human Rights, Conectas
Mr. Dickay Kunda – Affected stakeholder, the Kilwa mining case, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Ms. Rosa Amaro – Affected stakeholder, La Oroya case, Peru
Mr. Antonio Sergio Escrivão Filho – Legal Adviser, Terra de Direitos
Ms. Naseema Fakir – Legal Adviser, Legal Resource Center
Ms. Gabriela Quijano – Legal Adviser, Amnesty International
Ms. Laurel Bellows – President, American Bar Association