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Community driven grievance mechanisms: workshop

Earth Rights International is organizing a workshop for expert practitioners and academics, to introduce and discuss the development of a community-driven Operational Grievance Mechanism.

Earth Rights International (ERI) is developing a model for a community-driven operational level grievance mechanism to address corporate human rights abuses, which will provide an alternative to the current trend of mechanisms that are designed and controlled by companies. ERI will lead a general discussion of the concepts behind the model, its potential, and its weaknesses, and will present a set of Foundational Principles and Practice Points that set out the theoretical basis for the Mechanism and offer guidance on starting the design process. ERI hopes that these documents may serve as the framework for individualized mechanisms. While ERI and its partners believe the model has great potential, a number of questions have arisen with regard to overcoming substantive and logistical challenges, such as:

  • How will a community-driven mechanism be funded?
  • How can a community gain and use the leverage necessary to implement?
  • How can a community ensure compliance?
  • How can you ensure consensus within a community while designing a grievance mechanism?
  • How can the scope of a grievance mechanism be delineated and enforced?
  • Is there any legitimate role for legal waivers or other legal concessions on the part of the complainants?
  • Where does the role of the company fit in to this new model?


Date: Friday, October 24th, 2014. 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Columbia Law School Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge (7th Floor) 435 W. 116th St. New York, NY 10027


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