10 Key Takeaways from the UN Global Forum


Monika Mehta, the Community Inclusive Development Director for ISLP, recently chaired an important ‘How Lawyers Can Help Communities Access Remedy’ ¬†session at the UN Global Forum on Business and Human Rights at the end of November.


Following the success of the event and her subsequent return to New York, she shared with us her top 10 Takeaways from the panel discussion. We hope you enjoy them and Monika carries on her excellent work under the ISLP banner:


– This was one of the only all women lawyers panel at the UN Global Forum which I was really proud to be involved with.


– Lawyers have a vital role in helping to access remedy for communities through non-judicial, criminal, and non-state processes.


– Lawyers can help access remedy at all stages – preventative, redress, and after an event or action.


– There is a huge power imbalance at every stage of a process but lawyers can be used to level the playing field.


– Lawyers need to be competent in BHR – in particular they need to be non-traditional, independent, and accessible.


– Lawyers can be and should be wise counselors, advisors, and advocates.


– There are obstacles to reaching remedy related to incentives not only for lawyers advising the public and private sectors on BHR, but also for decision makers in those institutions and enterprises.¬†


– The IBA has created a practical manual for business lawyers on how to embed BHR into their practice.


– Accountability Counsel focuses on helping communities access nonjudicial grievance mechanisms like NCPs and development banks and also provide policy advocacy to change fundamental issues within the system.


– A4ID works to train lawyers in jurisdictions around the world on BHR.