As an academic, being a trainer of practicing lawyers is hugely beneficial to my own research
The International Bar Association has tapped an ANU Law scholar to give corporate human rights and due diligence training to members of Australia's legal profession, and expand it to lawyers worldwide.
Associate Professor Jo Ford, Associate Dean (International), and Associate Professor Justine Nolan of the University of New South Wales, will run the courses in Sydney and Melbourne.
“It’s a great honour to be approached by the International Bar Association, the peak representative body of national legal professions worldwide,” Dr Ford says.
“We will train Australian lawyers on advising clients about human rights risks in their operations and supply chains.
“This is a pilot project that the Association will take around the world; with Associate Professor Justine Nolan, we have developed user-friendly online resources about business and human rights for practicing lawyers everywhere.”
Dr Ford specialises in areas including corporate responsibility and modern slavery, topics he’s covered at length in a recent submission to an Australian Attorney-General’s Department inquiry, in his blog, and in various media appearances.
“As an academic, being a trainer of practicing lawyers is hugely beneficial to my own research,” Dr Ford says.
“Workable models for regulating responsible business need to ‘speak’ to commercial realities.
“Training lawyers helps give me practical insights into their clients’ perspectives and challenges.”