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Business and Human Rights: Modern Slavery and Other Compliance Issues in Global Supply Chains

ILA Canada and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa (HRREC) were pleased to present this timely webinar on human rights compliance issues for corporations involved in international trade, focusing on child and forced labour in global supply chains.   


Bill S-211, An Act to enact the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act and to amend the Customs Tariff, came into force January 1 2024 creating new prohibitions and reporting obligations applicable to Canadian businesses engaged in international trade and investment. 


On March 20th 2024 a diverse expert group of legal practitioners, regulators, and academic commentators explained the new requirements, and considered how they fit into evolving corporate governance, risk management and human rights due diligence practices in transnational business.  

With Salvador Herencia, Ph.D. Candidate, part-time professor in law & HRREC member, University of Ottawa

Laurel Johnson, Executive Director and Senior General Counsel, Public Safety Canada Legal Services Justice Canada

Jacob Mantle, Associate, Competition, Trade and Foreign Investment, Osler

Sean Stephenson, Counsel, Dentons

Sheri Meyerhoffer, Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE)

Akinwumi Ogunranti, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Jennifer Quaid, Associate Professor & Vice-Dean Research, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa

Sara Seck, Associate Professor of Law; Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law & Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Penelope Simons, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section & Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights, HRREC, University of Ottawa

and Oonagh Fitzgerald, President of the International Law Association of Canada & HRREC Senior Fellow

If you missed the live event, you can watch the recording here:

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