One day conference discussing the potential to use arbitration to address business-related human rights disputes; the desirability and need for corporates to use arbitration; and the challenges thereof.


Current remedies for business-related human rights abuses such as trafficking in persons, child labor, violence against labor protestors, unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, land seizures, and multiple others are patchy, unpredictable, often ineffective and fragile. This fails both victims, who have little access to justice, and businesses, which often operate in environments of legal uncertainty and where participants are not competing on a level playing field.

Arbitration offers the possibility of a consent-based remedy to victims of human rights abuses when domestic courts are unavailable due to lack of capacity, lack of impartiality or jurisdictional obstacles. There have been growing discussions on the subject, however there are several key questions, such as, whether BHR disputes meet the “commercial relationship” requirements for International Arbitration. We seek to address such issues and create a discussion on it, involving lawyers, business professionals, academics and students.


  • Protection of Investors versus Protection of Human Rights in International Arbitration
  • Resolving Business and Human Rights Disputes: The Experience So Far
  • BHR Arbitration: What’s in it for the corporations?
  • Dealing with forum Shopping: Should only pro-human rights jurisdiction be eligible as seat?
  • Whether BHR disputes meet the “commercial relationship” requirements?
  • Remedy and Awards by Tribunals
  • BHR Arbitration: Shades of Grey


DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HT, UK

  • Event Details
  • Location: London
  • Start Date: 22/03/2019 9:30 am
  • End Date: 12/02/2019 3:30 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Sophie Lamb QC, Julianne Hughes-Jennett, Clare Connellan, Kate Cervantes-Knox