The National Bar Association and the Unione Forense per la Tutela dei Diritti
Umani organized – in collaboration with the Comitato interministeriale diritti
umani (CIDU) and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the
Scuola Superiore dell’Avvocatura – a specialisation course on human rights and
enterprise on the 4 th and 5 th May 2018. The course was held at the Pontificial
University of the Holy Cross.

Each session was hosted by well-respected individuals of the academic and
professional world. Them being Professor Guido Alpa, Professor Elena Sciso,
Professor Fausto Pocar, Professor Rino Sica, Professor Anton Giulio Lana, Marco
Marazza, Roberto Giovene di Girasole, Training Officer of the International
Labour Organization (ILO), Dr. Maura Miraglio, and business representatives that
spoke on the 5th of May. The opening speeches were given by Andrea
Mascherin, President of the National Bar Association, Francesco Caia, President
of the CNF’s Human Rights Commission, Dr. Fabrizio Petri, President of the
inter-departmental commission for human rights and Anton Giulio
Lana, President of the Unione Forense per la Tutela dei Diritti Umani.

The various speehes focused on different aspects of the topic, for example discussing new challenges and international standards in this field, businesses’ codes of conduct and the negotiation processes that oblige enterprises to comply with certain standards.

A major focus was placed on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights implemented in 2011.

Find the programme here.