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Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries - How Arbitration Can Improve Fishers’ Access to Justice
UK charity Human Rights at Sea and global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP have partnered on a project to facilitate the resolution of disputes concerning human rights at sea using international arbitration. The project’s chief aim is to provide those living, working and transiting at sea with an effective remedy for human rights abuses, while also combating impunity for the perpetrators of such abuses.

On the occasion of the annual United Nations World Oceans Day, whose 2021 theme is Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, the Webinar will explore, by reference to first-hand accounts, human rights issues arising in the fisheries industry. Within this context, the Webinar will consider how an arbitration-based mechanism of redress for human rights abuses at sea could promote the protection of human rights in fisheries.

The Webinar will also discuss the impact of the Human Rights Due Diligence Tool recently released by the UN Global Compact, the UN Human Rights Office, the International Labour Organization and the International Maritime Organization for businesses involved in the maritime industry.

Topics for discussion include:
• First-hand accounts of slavery, human trafficking and other abuses in fisheries.
• Obstacles faced by victims of human rights abuses in fisheries when issuing complaints.
• The collection of evidence for human rights investigations and its challenges.
• Whether non-legislative and arbitral pathways can be effective means of improving access to justice for human rights victims in fisheries.
• The impact of the new Human Rights Due Diligence Tool.

Jun 8, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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