Actions and Detail Panel
A4ID Knowledge Group: the UN Guiding Principles and Climate Change
Thu 30 March 2017, 18:00 – 19:45 BST
Advocates for International Development (A4ID) is delighted to welcome you to the first session of our Climate Change Knowledge Group series of 2017:
The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (UNGPs) and Climate Change
This Knowledge Group session will take the format of a panel discussion followed by a group discussion. We will consider whether and how the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) should be applied to the human rights implications of climate change.
Although there has traditionally been some reluctance to widen human rights law to include environmental rights, there is now clear recognition from many sources that climate change is a human rights issue, and that states have explicit obligations to their citizens to mitigate climate impacts. However, there has been only limited consideration and discussion of what the responsibilities of private entities might be.
We will aim to address the following questions:
How does climate change fit within the scope of the “protect, respect and remedy” framework?
What about scope 3 emissions (ie emissions from sold products)?
What would due diligence under UNGPs on climate change look like?
How should lawyers advise business clients about assessing and addressing environmental impact?
We are proud to announce the following panel:
Sophie Marjanac, ClientEarth
Sophie has been a lawyer at ClientEarth for the past 18 months working on its Company and Financial and Climate Accountability Projects. In this role she has extensively considered the legal obligations of private sector actors to manage and mitigate climate risks, and drafted ClientEarths amicus curiae brief to the Philippines Human Rights Commission. She previously practiced as a corporate environmental lawyer in Victoria, Australia.
Eniko Horvath, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Eniko is the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s Senior Researcher, focusing on climate justice and the UN Guiding Principles. As part of her work at the Centre, she tracks human rights allegations and positive initiatives by companies. She has experience working on human rights in Argentina, Hungary, Spain and the UK.
Hamish McAvaney, Linklaters LLP
Hamish is an Associate in the Environment and Climate Change group at Linklaters. He is also member of the firm’s Operational Intelligence Group, a cross-practice team which specialises in advising on legal, governance and risk issues facing clients. He advises companies on the design and implementation of a human rights and ethics compliance programmes.
Richard Harvey, Garden Court Chambers & Greenpeace
Richard is a barrister with over 40 years of experience in human rights, having practised in London, New York and The Hague. He is currently in-house counsel at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, working on climate change litigation and human rights, including corporate responsibility for deforestation, toxic waste disposal and rights to a clean and healthy environment.
Ingrid Gubbay, Hausfeld
Ingrid is Head of Human Rights & Environment law at the London based office of the claimant law firm Hausfeld & Co. She specialises in bringing international group & test case actions, and is involved with the development of procedural and substantive judicial remedies in the area of corporate accountability, at the UN, EU and domestic levels. She has also taken part in the evaluation and application of the UNGPs and the OECD guidelines. She currently Chairs the London based climate change litigator’s forum in partnership with L4BB.
To allow for a practical approach to the issues discussed, the evening will include short group discussions, in which participants will analyse a case study and discuss how they would advise a business in such a scenario, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Join us for a drinks reception after the event, from 7.45pm.