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ELSA Portugal’s Legal Research Group on Business and Human Rights

The second edition of ELSA Portugal's Legal Research Group on Business and Human Rights was launched in October 2023 in collaboration with the NOVA BHRE.  This edition's topic will be the revised OCDE Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct with the aim to examine the significant changes that have been incorporated in relation…
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Virtual blog symposium: Exploring new frontiers in the updated OECD Guidelines: Global multi-stakeholder perspectives on progress, strengths and weaknesses

NOVA BHRE is pleased to announce the upcoming blog symposium focused on the updated OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct co-organised with OECD Watch. This project is coordinated by Laura Íñigo Álvarez (NOVA BHRE) and Katharine Booth (OECD Watch). The symposium is intended to facilitate a platform for knowledge exchange and discussion…
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Decoding Sustainable Finance

The project Decoding Sustainable Finance (DSF) is a six episode podcast series addressing sustainable finance from a multidisciplinary perspective, through the following episodes: Episode 1: Finance, Investing and Sustainable Development Episode 2: The green Taxonomy Episode 3: Climate transition and physical risk Episode 4: Sustainable Finance and Fintech Episode 5: Climate justice Episode 6: Strategic…
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Recommendations for the Upcoming Portuguese National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

On the 15th of May 2023, the NOVA BHRE launched the Report with Recommendations to the Portuguese Government for the Portuguese National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights as part of the 'Policy Roundtable on the proposed EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive' organised by the NOVA BHRE, the Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr,…
Seminar Business in Conflict organizado pela professora Laura Inigo Alvarez, na Nova Law em Lisboa.

BHR in conflict-affected areas

Summary of the project:  This project aims at analysing the legal frameworks applicable to companies operating in conflict scenarios, including hard and soft law instruments, as well as highlight examples of good practices and recommendations on how to better implement human rights due diligence by businesses in conflict and post-conflict situations. Principal Investigator: Laura Iñigo Álvarez Duration:…
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HeforShe Academy

The 1st edition of HeForShe Lx Academy was an original initiative of HeForShe Lisboa, in partnership with the NOVA Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment, with the support of Linklaters LLP in Lisboa. This Academy intended to personally and professionally train young people between 20 and 30 years old, who were specifically looking…
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The potential of mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence laws to address violence against human rights and environmental defenders

Visit Website Funding Institution: International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) (Institut Català Internacional per la Pau) Reference: ICI019/22/000010 Period: September 2022 – September 2023 Summary of the research project: Businesses might get involved, directly or indirectly, in the abuses committed against human rights and environmental defenders, especially when defenders oppose the negative impacts of business…
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Unofficial translation into Portuguese of the third revised draft of the binding treaty on business and human rights

Foi divulgada, no passado dia 17 de agosto de 2021, a mais recente revisão do Projeto de Tratado Vinculativo sobre Direitos Humanos e Empresas (Legally Binding Instrument to Regulate in International Human Rights Law, the Activities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises), visando prescrever aos Estados signatários que estabeleçam obrigações vinculativas para as empresas…
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Practical Guides on Business and Human Rights

These practical guides were prepared by the NOVA BHRE for the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in order to help Portuguese companies understand the legal framework around the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and its practical implications for their activities and the ones of their business partners throughout their global value chains. Implementing the UN Guiding…
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Improving the effectiveness of non-judicial remedies for business-related human rights abuses

Summary of the project:  This study aims at analysing a selection of non-judicial remedies for business-related human rights abuses with a view to determine how to better improve their effectiveness according to the criteria established by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). In particular, this study focuses on the system of…
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Legal brief on Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence

Originally introduced in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the concept of human rights due diligence has been gaining traction in recent years as an increasing number of stakeholders have been calling for new binding regulation on the subject. This legal brief aims to explain what human rights and environmental due diligence…