The BHRPN aims to connect professionals from all sectors in the business and human rights field, particularly early to mid-career practitioners. It acts as a forum for those with expertise in business and human rights to share their knowledge. It aims to promote cross-stakeholder debate on business and human rights in a neutral environment. Its mission is to update practitioners on current issues and positively contribute to problem-solving in the field of business and human rights. This initiative is particularly important in the business and human rights field, which calls for cooperation between practitioners with diverse expertise. To facilitate participation from as broad a range of stakeholders as possible, as a general rule, the BHRPN will not take a particular position on business and human rights issues.
The BHRPN is an initiative founded by practitioners from legal practice, government, academia and civil society. Its founders and Board members are: Katherine Tyler (Kingsley Napley LLP), Sarah Macrory (Foreign & Commonwealth Office), Patrick Geary (Children’s Rights and Business Specialist), Lise Smit (British Institute of International and Comparative Law), Francis West (SHIFT), Dr Nadia Bernaz (Wageningen University), Tim Cooke-Hurle (Doughty Street Chambers), Rachel Chambers (SOAS/University of Connecticut) and Lucy Graham (Amnesty International). Lauren Lederle (Omnia Strategy LLP) is the Secretary to the Board.
The Board would like to thank those who have generously supported BHRPN with their time and expertise including Pratik Bakshi (World Law Forum), Kingsley Napley LLP and the speakers at our events to date.