Skip to content

Being Thankful but Vigilant -- Human Rights and the Pandemic

Being Thankful but Vigilant -- Human Rights and the Pandemic Background Image

In the United States, we are preparing for a very different Thanksgiving celebration than normal. However, while our gatherings may be more limited, we need to not forget the central theme of Thanksgiving. Here is something to put on your list of things to be thankful for: On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and on this December 10th, Human Rights Day, you can listen to three expert panels talk about the current status of business and international human rights to learn more about the area of law.

The panels will address several topics: The risk to legal counsel when their clients become involved in human trafficking and modern slavery issues. How international human rights issues are being addressed by the legal system, including discussions of recent cases in the U.S. and Canada, and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Finally, how does a lawyer advise a multinational company that is trying to protect human rights while also complying with significant differences in the various laws affecting human rights, both hard and soft, across different countries and regions?

For lawyers whose clients are involved in international supply chains, international manufacturing operations and international project management, the information to be provided in these panels is vital. Only with this knowledge of the issues involved with human rights and international business operations can we lawyers be vigilant on behalf of our clients, our law firms and our own practices as to the impact of human rights violations on each.

Here are links to both the International Bar Association’s (“IBA”) and the Texas Bar’s announcements on this event. We are thankful to the IBA and the Texas Bar for providing us this opportunity to talk and learn about one of the most important subject areas for all lawyers.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

This information is provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice.