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30 June 2014 | The Symposium: “Access to justice: law put to the test?”

Access to justice: law put to the test?

30 June 2014 from 2pm to 6pm

at the Maison du Barreau in Paris
Victims of business-related abuses must have access to justice in order to obtain compensation. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights remind States of their obligation to protect and guarantee access to effective remedies. The purpose of this conference is to present the results of the study prepared by the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE) and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) about the access to justice and to focus on the different legal options to hold multinational enterprises. Indeed, solutions exist in several countries. A French bill on the duty and vigilance of parent and subcontracting companies with regard to their subsidiaries or subcontractors was brought forward in November 2013.
Welcoming of participants, Room Gaston Monnerville
2.30pm – 6pm
William Bourdon
Lawyer, President of Sherpa
Roundtable I: A favourable international context
Moderator: Sandra Cossart
Manager in charge of CSR and GDH Programme, Sherpa
Olivier de Schutter
Professor, United Nations Special Rapporteur
Philippe Texier
Magistrate, International Commission of Jurists
Roundtable II: The duty of vigilance: a necessity in civil responsibility law
Moderator: Jeremy Perelman
University Professor
Antoine Lyon-Caen
Lawyer, University Professor
Horatia Muir–Watt
University Professor
Stéphane Vernac
University lecturer
Roundtable III: The duty of vigilance: the ways to implement it effectively
Moderator: Sandra Cossart
Manager in charge of CSR and GDH Programme, Sherpa
Moderator: Stéphane Vernac
University lecturer
Nicolas Cuzacq
University lecturer
Charley Hannoun
Lawyer, University Professor
Free admission depending on the venue and a prior registration sent by mail at

The conference will be followed by a reception in the reception room (salons de Harley) from 6pm to 8pm

The project is co-financed by the Civil Justice Programme of the European Union

The invitation and the programme of the conference are available in PDF format.
The English version of the report about the United Nations third pillar (“Access to Judicial Remedies for Human Rights Violations by Transnational Business”), which will be tackled during this conference, is available on our website.

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