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Training  |  5-6 June
Business and Human Rights Training for NHRIs in Asia

By invitation only. For information, contact Harpreet Kaur, Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP at

  • 5 June: 10:30-16:00 ICT

  • 6 June: 9:00-11:00 ICT

Why focus on NHRI capacity?

Due to their unique institutional position, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are an important vehicle for influencing business and human rights (BHR) outcomes. In 2018, the UN Human Rights Council (resolution 38/13) explicitly recognized: ‘the important role of national human rights institutions in supporting activities to improve accountability and access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuse, including through supporting the effective implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’.

NHRIs can exert significant influence by raising awareness, conducting training, advocating with business and government, engaging in National Action Plan processes, recommending law reform and engaging with civil society and rights holders. In addition, NHRIs have the power to facilitate access to remedy both directly through their own procedures, and also indirectly through advocacy and capacity-building.

Objectives of the training
  1. Identify the mandate and competence of NHRIs to address BHR issues and how they can work more strategically in this field.

  2. Understand the international framework that guides regulation and advocacy in BHR and analyse emerging regulatory trends.

  3. Identify and analyse stakeholder engagement techniques and approaches to BHR.

  4. Use practical activities to develop strategies to improve knowledge and skills on BHR including on investigations, monitoring mechanisms and research and provide insight into campaigns, programs, activists, organisations and accountability mechanisms in BHR.

  5. Develop connections with fellow NHRI representatives in the region to provide mutual support and potential collaboration on BHR.


Training format

The training will be conducted over two sessions on 5-6 June in Bangkok. It will be structured as a collaborative and discursive programme that will build knowledge by engaging participants in discussions and practical exercises to improve their capacity to engage with BHR issues. The in-person training is complemented by a self-paced virtual course that will enable participants to continue learning beyond the in-person training.

The trainers will be Professor Justine Nolan (Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney) and Associate Professor Martijn Boersma (University of Notre Dame Australia).

Date and time:

  • 5 June: 14:00-17:00 ICT

  • 6 June: 10:00-12:00 ICT


Note: There will be a short online orientation prior to the in-person training, the date and time of which will be shared with registered participants.


For more information, please contact Harpreet Kaur, Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP at


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Day1 programme
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