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Leading human rights lawyer speaks at UN discussion on business and human rights

Leading human rights lawyer and head of the international and group claims department at Leigh Day, Richard Meeran, is taking part in a United Nations working group to discuss business and human rights.

United Nations

25 October 2017

Richard Meeran was invited to the UN in Geneva to speak at the third session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. 
The Working Group was mandated by a UN Human Rights Council Resolution in June 2014 to elaborate on an internationally legally binding instrument on business and human rights. This followed in the wake of the adoption by the UN in 2011 of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights. The UNGPs have been endorsed by the U.K. Government.
Mr Meeran was invited speak due to his work on pioneering human rights cases against multinational corporations across the world. He has spoken at several events at the UN on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights including the first and second session of this working group.
The purpose of the session is to debate the contents of a draft legally binding treaty on transnational enterprises and business and human rights. The object of these processes is to enhance prevention of and redress for the adverse human rights impacts of business.
Mr Meeran will speak on access to justice, effective remedy, guarantees of non-repetition, legal liability and scope of application.
Leigh Day has more than 20 years’ experience of bringing international cases involving human rights violations associated with the business activities of corporations. Examples of cases handled by the firm include those of Nigerian fishing communities whose livelihoods were threatened by oil pollution; South African mine-workers suffering from silicosis; local villagers injured by police or private security protecting mining interests in Peru and Tanzania; and Lithuanian victims of modern slavery.

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