A panel discussion on the proposed German Supply Chain Law
05.05.2021 | 14:30-16:30 | Zoom Webinar
On 3 March 2021, the German Cabinet passed a draft for a Supply Chain Due Diligence Law (Lieferkettengesetz) which will impose an obligation on companies to identify, prevent, mitigate, and document how they address the human rights impacts of their activities. The marks a shift away from voluntary standards to regulate corporate conduct, based on social expectation and moral imperative, towards legally binding obligations. The Parliament is expected to pass it in the next few months.
Civil society campaigners the initiative have welcomed the legislative proposal, but criticize its limited scope to the company’s own activities and those of its direct suppliers (‘tier 1’ of the supply chain), and the absence of a civil liability provision.
The German developments are in line with a wider trend towards ‘mandatory human rights due diligence’ (mHRDD). Several European states have adopted similar legislation requiring companies to conduct human rights due diligence, or are in the process of doing so. The EU Parliament has adopted a legislative initiative report for an EU-wide mHRDD directive, which existing domestic legislation, such as the German law, may inform.
Dr Miriam Saage-Maaß, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Robert Grabosch, Schweizer Legal | @rGrabosch
Frank Zach, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
Prof Dr Eva-Maria Kieninger, University of Würzburg
Dr Anneloes Hoff, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. iur. Christoph Hofstätter
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Hanaa Hakiki, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Externalization of European asylum and immigration policy and strategic litigation: The example of ND and NT v. Spain
Prof. Dr. Felipe González Morales, LL.M. (Washington, D.C.)
Current Human Rights Issues in Latin America
Prof. Dr. Judith Schönsteiner, LL.M. (Essex)
Attribution of State Responsibility pursuant to actions or omissions of State-Owned Enterprises in human rights matters
Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko
Interrogating Human Rights and Global Constitutionalism
Dr. Elif Küzeci, LL.M. (Ankara)
Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?
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Prof. Dr. Boldizsár Nagy
Hungarian Asylum Law and Policy in 2015-2016. Securitization instead of Loyal Cooperation
Prof. Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights
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Prof. Dr. René Urueña
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Prof. Dr. Carlos Bernal
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Dr. Margherita Paola Poto
Food Governance and Sustainability Challenges: Responses to Food Waste in
a Sharing Economy
Pieter-Augustijn Van Malleghem
Proportionality and the Erosion of Formalism
Dalia Palombo, LL.M. (Harvard)
File Suits against States for their Failure to Regulate the Responsibility of Multinational Companies