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Public International Law Lecture Series 2022/23



The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration - an effective remedy?

by Professor Ursula Kriebaum Professor of Public International Law, University of Vienna Chaired by Dr Meagan Wong Essex Law School, University of Essex

Monday 24th October 6pm BST

Zoom registration link available here:

About the lecture: In this lecture, Ursula Kriebaum discusses the main characteristics of The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration. These Rules provide a set of procedures for the arbitration of disputes related to the impacts of business activities on human rights. They have a dual function: to provide access to a remedy for rights-holders affected by business activities and to provide a human rights compliance and risk management strategy for businesses themselves. In this lecture, Ursula Kriebaum discusses the main characteristics of these rules. She will analyze their advantages compared to the UNCITRAL arbitration rules on which they are based and to court litigation. She will present the specific features of the rules to provide a dispute settlement mechanism that complies with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

About the speaker: Dr. Ursula Kriebaum is Professor of International Law at Vienna University, Austria. She was a visiting Professor at University Paris II Panthéon-Assas in 2017 and at University Paris I Sorbonne in the summer term of 2022. She is a member of the drafting team of The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration. She was a legal expert in the team of the Austrian Special Envoy for Holocaust Restitution Issues, a delegate to the UN Preparatory Committee for an International Criminal Court, nominated by the Austrian government for the election of the Austrian judge to the European Court of Human Rights election in 2007. She is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (since 2014); a member of the Panel of Arbitrators under the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, a member of the Panel of Conciliators maintained by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (since 2021), an alternate member of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE (since 2013) and member of the Arbitration panel for the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and the Republic of Korea. She served as legal expert in various investment arbitrations and human rights cases.

Professor Kriebaum is co-author of the 3rd edition of the Dolzer/Kriebaum/Schreuer, Principles of International Investment Law (2022) and a contributor to the 3rd edition of Schreuer's Commentary on the ICSID Convention 2022 as well as the author of several articles on International Human Rights Law and on International Investment Law.

About the Public International Law Lecture Series: The Public International Law lecture series is hosted and co-chaired by Dr Meagan Wong and Dr Emily Jones. This is a weekly lecture series featuring judges of international courts and tribunals, leading academics, and practitioners of international law from governmental service, international organizations, and private practice from across the globe. The series prides itself on building on two important intellectual traditions of international law: formalism and international legal practice, and international legal theory including postcolonial and feminist perspectives. We welcome all students, academics, practitioners and legal advisors to join us.


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