September, 26th 2018

The discussion is intended to update for Ukraine the issue of the content of human rights obligations of business. This goal can be achieved by establishing a broad platform for discussion global trends, regional standards and national practices in the field of BHR by business representatives, government bodies, local authorities, academia, civil society institutions. The goal of the panel discussion is to develop a “road map” for Ukraine in ensuring proper implementation of its business obligations in the field of human rights.

Main points to discuss:

  • Business and human rights in Ukraine: international standards implementation
  • National action plan for business and human rights: good lessons and challenges
  • Towards a national action plan on business and human rights in Ukraine

Forum’s side events on business and human rights

  • Presentation of a training course for law students “Business and Human Rights”
  • Master Class: “Human Rights Standards for Business: Role and Tasks of Trade Unions”
  • Round Table: “Business and Gender Equality”
  • Open discussion: “Business responsibilities on human rights in conflict and post-conflict period”
  • Open lectures on Business and Human Rights of international experts of the Forum


Dr., Associate Prof. Olena
Assistant Dmytro Philipskyi –



Sergiy Petukhov, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine on European Integration, Head of the Interdepartmental Commission on Implementation of IHL in Ukraine 2015-2017


Key speakers:

Anita RamasastryUN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law (distance)
Michael A. Santoro, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, founding Co-Editor of Business and Human Rights Journal (Cambridge University Press), President of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association
Erica George, Professor in the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Dirk Hoffmann, Danish Institute for Human Rights
Beata Faracik, President of the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business
Tanel Kerikmäe, Director of Tallinn Law School, Faculty of Business and Governance, Head of Academic Ethics Committee, Tallinn University of Technology
Lyra Jakulevicieneinternational and European Union law professor at Mykolas Romeris University,  Dean of Law Faculty, Head of Human Rights Laboratory (Lithuania)
Toma Birmontienė, professor, Head of the Lithuanian Center for Human Rights (1995-2004), judge of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania (2005-2014), Head of the Baltic-Ukrainian Center for Research and Innovation
Alla Timofeyeva, PhD, Law Faculty, Charles University (Czech Republic), member of the ESIL Interest Group on International Business and Human Rights
Dovile Gailiute-Janusoneassociate professor at the Institute of International and EU Law at Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), legal expert for Lithuania on FRANET research network
Grygoriy Osovy, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine
Jitka Brodská, diplomat, Deputy Director of the Human Rights and Transition Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Danielle Pamplona, Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association
Rostyslav KurinkoOfficial tutor of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), qualified CSR consultant on EBRD Business Advisory Services Programme, a certified graduate of the UN PRI Academy
Olena Uvarova, International Lab on Business and Human Rights, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University