The American Bar Association (ABA) endorsed the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in February 2012. It did so recognizing the broad impact that the private sector can and does have on human rights across the globe and, therefore, the pivotal role that business can perform in respecting and advancing human rights to the benefit of all concerned. The ABA also recognizes the symbiotic relationship between the business and legal communities in virtually all areas of business activity and thus the importance of the legal profession’s engagement and leadership in this burgeoning area of human rights law and policy. This conference will open a dialogue with the legal profession to encourage its engagement and its optimal leadership role going forward.
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