BLP co-ordinates human rights programme across the UK and Ireland

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has designed and co-ordinated a week-long programme across the UK and Ireland to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2014.

The programme currently includes more than 24 diverse events which are free to attend and range from panel discussions, seminars, book launches, film screenings and conferences, hosted by leading law firms, chambers and law schools, in collaboration with NGOs and human rights-related groups. Events will take place in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Durham, Oxford, Edinburgh, Dublin and other areas across the country with topics including the Magna Carta, the war on terror, gender and the UK Human Rights Act being covered.

Working with Dr Rosa Freedman of Birmingham Law School, Professor Fiona de Londras of Durham Law School and the Law Society, the programme will complement the Law Society’s own conference on Business and Human Rights taking place on Wednesday 10 December.

Commenting on the programme, Alison Klarfeld, Head of CR, BLP, said: “The topic of human rights in relation to law firms has really increased over the last 12 months as the Law Society, International Bar Association and the American Bar Association have increased their focus on this area. We are also seeing increasing focus from clients in this area. At BLP we’re really keen to give this topic the exposure that it deserves and through our programme we’ve tried to bring together leading practitioners, academics and civil society to help expand overall awareness and engagement with regards to human rights issues. We’ve worked with the Law Society to focus around its annual conference on 10 December, which is also International Human Rights Day, and the aim is for this to become an annual fixture in the legal calendar with even more events happening next year.”

Further to this, Nicole Bigby, Partner and Director of Risk at BLP, is speaking at the Law Society’s annual Business and Human Rights conference itself. In conjunction with Matrix Chambers, BLP’s individual panel session will explore the subject of gender equality, comparing and contrasting challenges which arise in the international sphere with that of the private sector.

Karon Monaghan QC from Matrix Chambers will chair the session and the four panellists will be:

  • Professor Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics and member of Matrix Chambers
  • Parm Sandhu, Deputy Borough Commander, Metropolitan Police Bromley Borough
  • Betsy Nelson, Vice President, Risk, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
  • Echo Lu, Steering Committee member 20:20 Initiative, Testle Group Foundation


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