France: the National Assembly adopted in second reading the legislative proposal on parent company d

On March 23, 2016 the French National Assembly adopted an innovative Bill on the so-called "duty of care" of corporations, in order to prevent Human Rights violations caused by business activity. The legislative proposal has been strongly supported by some French NGOs - such as, among others, Sherpa, Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth - and it is part of an emerging commitment of EU countries to promote the implementation of a Human Rights Due Diligence process among their enterprises. For more information about the French Bill and the NGOs' role in its adoption, click here.

Spain: the Supreme Court rules corporations can be held criminally liable

In its recent Sentence 154/2016, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled, for the first time, that companies can incur criminal liability. The Supreme Court confirmed the sentences in which three companies were convicted for their involvement in crimes against public health. The Supreme Court also explained the requirements that must be met to rule that corporate liability exists, according to the Spanish Criminal Code. For futher information please visit the BHR Resource Centre website.

ASIL Annual Meeting 2016 - Business and Human Rights Roundtable ‘International Human Rights Law and

The Human Rights Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) has organized a Human Rights Workshop titled "International Human Rights Law and Business: Evaluating the Impact of UNGPs" that will take place on 29th March 2016 in advance of the ASIL 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington DC. Marta Bordignon - together with Mara Tignino (both members of the Coordinating Committee of the ESIL IG on International Business & Human Rights) - have been selected to present their research paper on "Extraterritorial obligations and water rights: a greater protection under UNGPs?". The abstract of their intervention is available here.