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Welcome to the latest newsletter from BIICL. Recently we have been fortunate enough to host some great events you can see the details below along with our latest research developments and publications.  
We now have a great introductory video about BIICL and its work- watch the video and tell us what you think.
 A "Failure to prevent" mechanism for adverse human rights impacts

In March 2017, the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights released a report on business and human rights in which it proposed the introduction of a "failure to prevent" mechanism for corporate human rights abuses. BIICL and international law firm Hogan Lovells are conducting a research into the feasibility and options of such a "failure to prevent" mechanism. The study will explore what such a mechanism could look like, whether it would be criminal or civil, and how it could interact with the concept of human rights due diligence described in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Read more about the project
Ombudsman schemes and effective access to justice: A study of international practices and trends 
Launched at the IBA conference in Rome, this new IBA report drafted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law identifies existing and emerging worldwide practices trends in the development and use of ombudsman schemes.The report was drafted by Bingham Centre staff Dr Julinda Beqiraj, Sabina Garahan and Kelly Shuttleworth.
An event building on the report will be hosted by the Bingham Centre, IBA and the Scottish Arbitration on December 6th entitled "Enhancing Access to Justice: What can ombudsman schemes offer?".

Maritime Search and Rescue: Responsibilities and Implications for Private Vessels

In November BIICL launched a new project looking at the roles, responsibilities and legal implications for private vessels of maritime rescue of migrants and refugees. 

The project, led by Associate Senior Research Fellow Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, will examine the commercial and shipping law implications of such rescues and related issues such as delays in disembarkation, as well as the human rights implications including issues that arise from instructions by SAR States to return individuals to countries where their life and liberty might be threatened. The role played by and implications for and of NGO rescue operations will also be considered. Recent developments in the Mediterranean including the return of migrants to Libya aboard the
Nivin clearly highlight the relevance and importance of greater legal clarity in this area.

Read more about the project
Events at BIICL
Phillippe Sands and Razia Iqbal
in Conversation

25 October
During their conversation, Professor Sands and BBC journalist Razia Iqbal discussed a range of current affairs topics alongside the author's work on his popular book East West Street and preparation for his new book to be published in 2020. A video of the event is now available for anyone who was not able to attend the evening.
Watch the Video
Annual Grotius Lecture & Dinner
18 October
This years' Grotius lecture was given by Lord Lloyd Jones and entitled "40 Years on: the State Immunity Act 1978 at 40". 

Following the lecture, BIICL presented its 'Supporter of the Year' Award to magic circle firm, Allen & Overy at the Annual Grotius Dinner. The award was presented by Keith Ruddock, Chair of BIICL Trustees, to Naomi Briercliffe, Senior Associate in Allen & Overy's Arbitration team and Human Rights Working Group, and to Katrina Limond, Associate in Arbitration.


ICLQ Publishing Workshop 
14 November
At the workshop ICLQ’s senior editorial team and publishing experts from Cambridge University Press led a series of presentations aimed at demystifying the processes involved in journal and book publishing.

Robert McCorquodale, outgoing co-Editor-in-Chief of ICLQ, offered practical tips on how to get published in a journal including what to write, how to make it more publishable and where to send it. The workshop was very well received by the participants who included a wide group of early career academics.

Events Calendar
Trade (Law) in an Age of Trump and Brexit
Full calendar
Enhancing Access to Justice: What can Ombudsman Schemes offer?
Harry Weinrebe Annual Lecture: Human Rights in Iran: where are we now?
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