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Business and Human Rights: International Law Challenges, European Responses

International Conference

29-30 May 2017, Università degli Studi di Milano, Sala Napoleonica, Via Sant’Antonio 12


Monday, 29 May 2017

13.30-14.15: Registration
14.15-14.30: Welcome Addresses
•    Nerina Boschiero, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Milan
•    Lorenza Violini, Director of the Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law, University of Milan
•    Angelica Bonfanti, University of Milan

14.30 -16.30: Panel 1
CURRENT EUROPEAN CHALLENGES AND DEVELOPMENTS
Chair: Nerina Boschiero, University of Milan
•    Horizontal embeddedness, CSR and the European policy and legal framework: fostering a human rights approach to business in the EU
Mary E Footer, University of Nottingham
•    Promoting responsible supply chains: European approaches
Cindy Woods, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable {ICAR}
•    Towards a unified approach to regulating corporate power in Europe – the reach of a new ‘duty of care’
Sheldon Leader, University of Essex
•    The Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Europe and the relationship with B&HR
Paolo Farah, West Virginia University, gLAWcal
•    EU’s promotion of human rights through the IPA, the ENP and EU FTAs: limits and perspectives
Leonardo Borlini, University Bocconi, Milan

16.30-17.00: break

17.00 -18.30: Panel 2

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNGPs IN EUROPE
Chair: Angelica Bonfanti, University of Milan
•    The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and their implementation by the European Union
Fabrizio Marrella, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice
•    Managing global interdependencies through law and governance: the European approach to business and human rights
Daniel Augenstein, Tilburg University
•    The Italian NAP: A pathway towards an effective implementation of the UNGPs?
Marta Bordignon, Human Rights International Corner (HRIC)
•    The European Union and the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: the case study of Spain
Gabriela A. Oanta, University of A Coruña

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

9.00-10.00: Panel 3
THE STATE DUTY TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS:THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE
Chair: Barbara Randazzo, University of Milan
•    Enforcing the state duty to protect under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Strasbourg views
Marco Fasciglione, Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development (IRISS)-CNR
•    Implementation and more. Why the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers advances extraterritorial obligations
Aleydis Nissen, Cardiff University

10.00 –11.30: Panel 4
CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY, DUE DILIGENCE AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: THE EUROPEAN APPROACH
Chair: Alessia Di Pascale, University of Milan
•    Towards mandatory corporate due diligence in Europe?
Paola Cavanna, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Van Calker Scholarship 2017-Swiss Institute of Comparative Law
•    Fair and equitable benefit-sharing as part of companies’ due diligence to ensure respect of the international human rights of indigenous peoples and local communities related to natural resources
Elisa Morgera, University of Strathclyde
•    EU approaches on conflict minerals: are they consistent with the UN/OECD supply chain due diligence standards?
Valentina Grado, University of Naples L’Orientale
•    Integrating due diligence in the European public procurement policy: sources of inspiration from IOs
Deborah Russo, University of Florence

11.30-12.00: break

12.00 –13.30: Panel 5
CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY, DUE DILIGENCE AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: DOMESTIC APPROACHES
Chair: Sheldon Leader, University of Essex
•    Modern slavery, human trafficking and human rights risks in the supply chain: is transparency the answer?
Olga Martin-Ortega, University of Greenwich
•    Human rights due diligence: moving from France to the EU level
Paige Morrow, Frank Bold, University of Kent, HEC-NYU EU Public Interest Clinic;
Sandra Cossart, Sherpa
•    Corporate human rights compliance and disinvestment: what lessons for Europe from the Norwegian pension fund?
Ludovica Chiussi, University of Oslo, University of Bologna, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge

13.30–14.45: break

15.00 –17.00: Panel 6
ACCESS TO REMEDY IN EUROPE
Chair: Angelica Bonfanti, University of Milan
•    Access to remedy for the victims of corporate abuse: the added value of the FRA Opinion
Giacomo Cremonesi, Caiazza & Partners International Law Firm; Human Rights International Corner (HRIC)
•    Corporate liability and human rights: what responses do civil and criminal law offer in the EU?
Marta Sosa Navarro, Adriana Espinosa González, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Indago
•    We’ll be the judge of that! – Thinking instrumentally about jurisdiction in business and human rights cases within the EU
Lucas Roorda, Utrecht University
•    European trends in private law remedies to address corporate human rights abuses
Florentine Vos, Allen & Overy LLP, Kalshoven Gieskes Forum in International Law at the University of Leiden
•    Pulling the weeds: How to legally challenge the double standards of European agrochemical business?
Carolijn Terwindt, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Scientific Coordinator: Angelica Bonfanti, University of Milan
Registration: please write to EUlawbusinesshumanrights@unimi.it (before 20 May 2017)

Accredite by the Ordine degli Avvocati di Milano (6 credits)

19 aprile 2017
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