Welcome to the Business and Human Rights Practitioners’ Network. 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. We consider that 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 Board

The BHRPN is an initiative founded by practitioners from legal practice, government, academia and civil society. Its founders 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), Lise Johnson (Columbia Center on Sustainable Development), 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).

The BHRPN will host a number of events throughout the year, both educational and social, to increase awareness and analysis of the many and complex issues that this area of work raises. Those events will aim to promote debate which, if appropriate, will take place under Chatham House rules.

Future Events

Our next event on 21st May 2019 will consider the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Vedanta Resources PLC and another v Lungowe and others. An expert panel, chaired by Julianne Hughes-Jennett (Hogan Lovells) will discuss the Court’s decision and its potential impact, as well as looking at other relevant cases and discerning any possible trends. The panellists are:

  • Richard Hermer QC (Matrix Chambers)
  • Moira Oliver (BT Group)
  • Ekaterina Aristova (University of Cambridge)
  • Peter Hood (Hogan Lovells)

The discussion will be followed by drinks and networking. If you would like to attend please email admin@bhrpn.org with “Parent Company Liability Event” in the title.

The event will start at 6pm with registration from 5.30pm and is kindly hosted by Hogan Lovells International LLP, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG. We look forward to seeing you there.

Past Events

Our first event on 20th November 2018 chaired by Rae Lindsay (Clifford Chance), saw a great panel including Anna Triponal (Triponel Consulting), Tim Cooke-Hurle (Doughty Street) and Irene Pietrapoli (BIICL)  consider business and human rights issues arising in respect of conflict and post-conflict societies.

On 22nd March 2019 we hosted a panel at the World Law Forum Conference on Arbitration of Business and Human Rights Disputes. Our all star panel chaired by the BHRPN’s Sarah Macrory (FCO)  and considering “arbitrating business and human rights disputes: opportunities and challenges” included Alison Macdonald QC (Matrix Chambers), Suzanne Spears (Allen & Overy), Tara Van Ho (University of Essex) and Monica Feria-Tinta (20 Essex Street).

As always if you have any ideas for an event that you would like to see happen please get in touch with us at the address below.


You can become a member of BHRPN by emailing admin@bhrpn.org.  This means that you will receive occasional emails from us about upcoming events, as well as updates on topics which we think might be of interest to you.  We may also contact you to update your communication preferences and seek feedback concerning the BHRPN, as well as seeking your confirmation about whether you wish to renew your membership on an annual basis.  Should you not wish to receive further communications from us at any point, please contact us on unsubscribe@bhrpn.org.