• Free virtual roundtable: IBA training in business and human rights – 3 December 2021 10.15-15.30

    Posted on: 26/11/2021

    IBA training in business and human rights: a roundtable discussion
    3 December 2021, 0915-1430 GMT, online
    A webinar presented by the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit
    The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the need to adapt the present economic model towards greater environmental and social sustainability. The recovery plan of Next Generation EU aims to respond to this need in an economically oriented and structural manner, as demonstrated by recent reforms in sustainable finance and corporate governance. On 18 June 2020, the European Parliament adopted Regulation (EU) 2020/852 as regards the establishment of a common EU framework for the promotion of sustainable investments. In March 2021, the European Parliament approved a resolution with 504 votes, 79 against and 112 abstentions, asking the Commission to consider a law on due diligence and corporate responsibility for environmental and human rights, and the European Commission is expected to deliver such proposal by the end of 2021.

    The legal profession is called upon to respond to the novel demands dictated by this constantly evolving regulatory framework and to play an active role in promoting a more equitable and sustainable economy. Against this backdrop, the IBA has launched a global training initiative on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Unanimously approved by the Human Rights Council on 16 June 2011, the UNGPs provide for the responsibility of companies to identify, prevent and mitigate ‘adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to their operations, products or services by their business relationships, even if they have not contributed to those impacts’.

    This roundtable discussion, split into two sessions, takes place at the end of a training event focusing on the Italian legal market and aims to investigate the implications of the UNGPs for Italy. In the first session, we will analyse sustainable finance and the management of funds as regards the National Recovery and Resilience Plan as well as in light of social taxonomy, whose adoption is expected by the end of 2021. The second session will focus on aspects related to access to remedial measures for victims of human and environmental rights violations, whilst also considering the recent Italian reform on class action.



    • Maria Pia Sacco Senior Legal Advisor, IBA’s Legal Policy & Research Unit
    • Claudio Visco Macchi de Cellere Gangemi, London; IBA Secretary-General


    Keynote speakers:

    • Paola Severino LUISS Guido Carli, Rome
    • Min. Fabrizio Petri Comitato Interministeriale per i Diritti Umani, Rome



    • Vinicio S Nardo Milan Bar Association, Milan
    • Antonino Galletti Rome Bar Association, Rome
    • Roberto Randazzo Legance, Rome; External Communications Officer, IBA Business Human Rights Committee
    • Carola Antonini Chiomenti, Milan; Diversity and Inclusion Officer, IBA Power Law Committee
    • Mario Calderini Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan
    • Natalia Bagnato RP Legal & Tax, Rome
    • Riccardo Cajola Cajola & Associati, Milan; Chair, IBA Artificial Intelligence Working Group
    • Cecilia Carrara Legance, Rome
    • Livio Sarandrea UNDP, Bangkok
    • Gemma Andreone ISGI-CNR, Rome
    • Maria Grazia Giammarinaro Civil Court of Rome, Rome
    • Nina Gardner Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

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