Clifford Chance LLP
Developing accountability in business and human rights (afternoon panels session, day 1)
Rae Lindsay is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice at Clifford Chance LLP. She co-heads the firm’s public international law and business and human rights groups. Rae has been admitted to the bars of Alberta, California, New York and Washington DC, and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Rae’s focus on business and human rights began in the early 2000s when she practised in the firm’s New York office, and defended multinational corporations in litigation under the US Alien Tort Claims Act, involving allegations of violations of international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law. Clifford Chance was among the first firms to establish a business and human rights practice, recognising the important role of lawyers in implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011.
Rae advises clients on a broad range of business and human rights-related matters including policy development and implementation, risk management and due diligence, contracts and reporting, impact assessment and investigations, dispute avoidance and resolution, and crisis management. Her client engagements often involve advising on the intersection between soft law standards such as the UN Guiding Principles and principles of public and private international law, and domestic laws. Rae is the chair of the International Bar Association’s Business Human Rights Committee and Treasurer of the British Branch of the International Law Association. She serves as co-Chair of trustees of the Institute for Human Rights and Business and is a director of the Centre for Sports and Human Rights.