With great pleasure we invite you to attend this one day training on Business and Human Rights.
This training will equip lawyers with the knowledge and skills to improve corporate governance and enhance responsible business practices. In addition to learning and skills development regarding the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the training will provide a valuable networking opportunity and peer to peer learning between Kenyan and international lawyers.
We strongly welcome the participation of Partners of firms. We also welcome participation from Principal Associates/ Senior Associates/Associates with over 5 years work experience.
Advocates for International Development (A4ID)
A4ID is a charity that empowers lawyers to use their skills to fight global poverty. Through its pro bono broker service, legal education and thought leadership work, A4ID supports the legal sector to meet its responsibility to bring about sustainable development. A4ID has established strong links with the Kenyan legal community and has provided pro bono broker services to them over a number of years. It has also supported dozens of NGOs operating throughout Kenya to access free legal services from lawyers in Kenya and around the world.
A4ID’s Business and Human Rights Programme
A4ID’s Business and Human Rights Programme aims to equip commercial lawyers in Kenya to comply with, and advise their corporate clients on, the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the “UNGPs”). In Kenya, A4ID is delivering this programme in partnership with the Pan African Lawyers Union, the Law Society of Kenya, and international law firms Clifford Chance LLP and Linklaters LLP.
Key objectives of the 2016 Training Programme
The training session will allow participants to:
gain a detailed understanding of the UNGPs, and what this means for their practice;
learn through practice how to apply the UNGPs in their practice in contexts most relevant to business in Kenya;
develop an awareness of the ways companies may remedy or contribute to the remedy of human rights violations; and
be in a position to articulate the benefits of incorporating the UNGPs in business to their clients and how this could equally translate in to a business opportunity to the participants
The cost of the training is USD 45 payable online to A4ID’s through this eventbrite page.The Law Society of Kenya has accredited the training and attendees will earn (1) CPD points subject to payment of Kshs. 1000 payable directly to the Law Society of Kenya.
Clifford Chance LLP – Roger Leese
Roger has 25 years’ experience of international litigation and dispute resolution at Clifford Chance LLP, the last 16 of which as a Partner. He specialises in commercial, corporate, trust and finance related disputes across a wide range of industries and co-heads the Firm’s Business and Human Rights practise. In addition, Roger is responsible for the Firm’s pro bono and Community Affairs programmes, chairs its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and co-heads its Microfinance Group. He is a member of the UK Minister for International Development's international pro bono committee. He is also the Chair of the UK legal charity, Advocates for International Development (A4ID) and a Trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.
Clifford Chance LLP- Anna Kirkpatrick
Anna is the Senior Professional Support Lawyer for the International Arbitration and Business and Human Rights teams at Clifford Chance and advises clients on Business and Human Rights related issues, and supports the implementation of the UNGPs within the firm. Before this, Anna was an Associate at a leading City law firm specialising in international commercial and state arbitration and advising clients on international law issues, particularly investment treaty related issues. She has expertise in the energy, mining and construction sectors, gained honours in her LLM in Law, Governance and Development, with a focus on Business and Human Rights, and holds a Certificate in the Law and Practice of International Human Rights Law.
Linklaters LLP– Rachel Barrett
9 years with Linklaters, Rachel is a senior member of the firm’s Sustainability Practice and Business and Human Rights team. Rachel has been at the forefront of advising clients on the application of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, on human rights policies, risk and impact assessments, governance issues and reporting. She has particular expertise in the energy sector, including in advising on environmental, social and human rights issues in major project financings.
Linklaters LLP - Sarah Barnard
6 years with Linklaters, Sarah is a member of the firm’s Sustainability Practice and Business and Human Rights team. Her practice focuses on advising on governance, risk and regulatory matters. She has broad experience advising companies on the application of transparency, anti-corruption and sustainability standards and legislation, including the UNGPs.
A4ID - Yasmin Batliwala
Yasmin is the Chief Executive of Advocates for International Development (A4ID) the lead organisation to bring the UN Guiding Principles to the legal community and the first to publish a Guide for the Legal Profession. Yasmin has held a number of leadership positions over the years, including the Chair of the Hertfordshire Police Authority, and Vice Chair of a large NHS Trust. She has also undertaken work with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Yasmin is a Magistrate serving on the Youth and Adult Bench.
A4ID – Jacqueline Ingutiah
Jacqueline is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with ten years’ experience in gender and human rights issues. She is currently a Partner of Olel, Onyango, Ingutiah and Company Advocates and is the A4ID leader for this project in Kenya. Before joining A4ID, she was a Senior Legal Counsel at Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya, overseeing the running of the Kisumu regional office that covers 20 out of the 47 counties in Kenya. Linked to her extensive work with various legal reform and pro bono issues, Jacqueline was elected as a Vice-Chairperson of the West Kenya Law Society in August 2015 for a term of two years.
Please contact us with any questions.