Helping Implement the UN’s Guiding Principles in East Africa

On June 16, Howard Morris,  head of MoFo’s London Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group, led a professional development workshop with Advocates for International Development and the East Africa Law Society in Kigali, Rwanda.

The workshop, “The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Opportunities for Lawyers,” is the first in a series of six, which provide lawyers across East African jurisdictions the introductions necessary to begin discussions on implementing the UN’s Guiding Principles to slow corporate-related human rights harm in the region’s growing economies.

“The transnational and broad nature of commerce means that businesses’ impact on human rights crosses jurisdictions and engages diverse areas of legal practice. Being able to advise business clients on how to undertake human rights due diligence and mitigate against human rights harm offers a crucial opportunity for the international legal community and, at the same time, is increasingly considered to be integral to legal professional ethics,” said Howard.

The session was well-received, with one attendee stating it was “a rare and unique approach of imparting a wealth of knowledge in a smart, short and enjoyable manner.”