Robert is the founder of Inclusive Law, a consultancy which aims to bring together business, law and human rights. He has been working in the area of business and human rights, and international law, for over 25 years. He combines academic knowledge with practical legal experience, and management skills with international breadth.
Robert began as a commercial litigation lawyer in Sydney and London, and then became an academic at the University of Cambridge, Australian National University and the University of Nottingham, where he remains a Professor of International Law and Human Rights. He combines this with being a barrister at Brick Court Chambers in London. He has been the Head of two Law Schools and was the Director for 10 years of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), one of the world's leading independent applied legal research bodies.
He has advised companies of all sizes, assisted governments around the world, been involved with civil society and intergovernmental organisations in drafting legal changes, and worked with trade and industry associations. This has included capacity building, legislative proposals and training, based on his expert knowledge. Robert has also drafted national constitutions, advised governments and independence movements, and spoken at events around the world.
Founder, Inclusive Law and former Director BIICL
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Lise Smit joined the Institute as Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights in March 2015. She will be conducting research into corporate human rights due diligence in collaboration with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.
Prior to joining the Institute, Lise was a practicing advocate at the Cape Town Bar in South Africa. She has worked on business and human rights issues for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the UN Global Compact Office. She was also law clerk to the Chief Justice of South Africa, Pius Langa, at the South African Constitutional Court. She has authored various publications in the area of business and human rights, including on human rights litigation against companies.
Lise has an LLM in human rights law from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and a Masters in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland.
Senior Researcher, BIICL
Gabrielle Holly is a Researcher in Business and Human Rights at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Gabrielle holds a combined LL.B/BA (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and an LL.M (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she completed her dissertation on the role of transnational tort litigation in regulating the human rights impacts of business.
Gabrielle is an Australian qualified lawyer with many years’ experience practicing in commercial dispute resolution in Australia and in the UK including at Linklaters and Clifford Chance. She has worked extensively on cross-border disputes and written and advised on matters in the business and human rights space, including advising multinationals in the extractive and commodities industries on legal exposure arising from their overseas activities, and on the implementation of voluntary human rights frameworks such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
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