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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:…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Portuguese Legal Research Group on Business and Human Rights

The NOVA BHRE is coordinating the project undertaken by the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) which aims to inform the development of the Portuguese National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights which is currently in the drafting. Portuguese Version