3 october: Human Rights and Transnational Corporations - conf/debate


The United Nations Association in Belgium, APNU, 
the United Nations Regional Information Centre, UNRIC, and the International Federation for Human Rights, FIDH,

have the great pleasure of inviting you to a conference on

Human Rights and Transnational Corporations

with S. Lambrinidis , D. Auclair, and M. Neglia, O. De Schutter.


Le texte de l'intervention du Prof. Olivier De Schutter se trouve sur le lien suivant. Voyez la vidéo:


Two weeks before the intergovernmental taskforce of the Human Rights Council meets in Geneva for its forth session, it seems particulary appropriate to review the latest proposals on an international legal framework for the governance of business practices and conduct of transnational corporations which, by nature, are beyond the control of national States.      
Maddalena Neglia will recall the broader context on how the debate on human rights and business entities was developed by the UN and what are the key conceptual and political challenges.
Denise Auclair will present the discussion on a new legally binding instrument on the issue of transnational corporations and human rights, and what she sees as the next steps.
Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative on human rights, will present the contribution of the EU to the issue, including how the EU has developed tools to improve the compliance with human rights of corporations domiciled in the EU.

Olivier De Schutter will speak to us by video from Geneva to introduce the subject.


When ? on Wednesday 3 October 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Where ? at the Residence Palace, Polak Room, Rue de la Loi, Schuman Square, Brussels.

 The Association “JUSTICE and PEACE” will display an EXHIBITION, with pictures and other illustrations, on the mining industry in various parts of the world. The exhibition can be seen as from 5:30 pm in the central hall of the Residence Palace.

“BRUCITY” is generously inviting all the participants to a cocktail-drink in the same Central Hall of the Residence Palace, straight after the conference, at 7:30 pm

This conference is taking place as part of the "Quinzaine de la solidarité Internationale de la Ville de Bruxelles". Web site : solidarité

It is necessary to register in advance through the form at:


The speakers:

Stavros Lambrinidis – The European Union Special Representative for Human Rights since 2012. He is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece (2011). He was a Member (2004-2011) and Vice-President (2009-2011) of the European Parliament. – Formerly, he was Secretary General and Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic (1996-2004).

Denise Auclair – Senior Advisor at CIDSE International, leader of CIDSE’s strategy for international change towards a world of equality and solidarity. She is involved in CIDSE work on business and human rights at European and international levels.

Maddalena Neglia – Director of the Globalization and Human Rights desk of IFDH (International Federation of Human Rights) where she oversea the strategic priority on “Promoting Respect of Human Rights by Economic Players” and the activities on strengthening the international and European regulatory framework on corporate accountability.

Olivier De Schutter - Professor of international human rights at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and Sciences Po (Paris). He was Secretary General of the International Federation of Human Rights (2004-2008) and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2008-2014). He is currently a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and of the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. He is also the first chair of the Belgian Advisory Council on Policy Coherence for Development.


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