Sustainability in Corporate Law

You are kindly invited to participate in the conference Sustainability in corporate law

The conference will start on Thursday, 17 November, 14.00 and end on Friday, 18 November at 18.00. The details are found in the program attached. It is divided into two parts. The German part will focus on relevant issues of the looming Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz (LkSG). The European part will reflect on the proposal for the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) and take a look at the pre-existing liability rules of the MS that will probably not suffice to comply with the CSDDD requirements as they currently stand. 

ProgramConference: “Sustainability in corporate law”

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th November, 2022

Zentralgebäude, Universitätsstrasse 1, 21335 Lüneburg

Day 1 (in German): Das Lieferkettengesetz (LkSG)

14.00Welcoming (Alexander Schall, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)        
14.15Human Rights Due Diligence – Die Lieferkette im Fokus: Überblick über LkSG und europäische Initiativen Dr. Mansur Pour Rafsendjani, Partner, NOERR
 Risikomanagement und Risikoanalyse – Wesentliche Elemente des LkSG Prof. Dr. Jan Lieder, Universität Freiburg
 Followed by: Discussion 
15:45  Umsetzung des LkSG in der Praxis: Erfahrungsbericht BayWa AGDavid Merz, General Counsel, BayWa AG
16:15Umsetzung des LkSG in der Praxis: Erfahrungsbericht VW GruppeDr. Kerstin Waltenberg, Menschenrechtsbeauftragte, Volkswagen Gruppe
17:15Panel discussion: Offene Fragen des LkSG und ihre Bewältigung durch Gesetzgebung, Wissenschaft und PraxisDr. Kerstin Waltenberg, Menschenrechtsbeauftragte, Volkswagen Gruppe, PD Dr. Franziska Humbert, Oxfam, Prof. Dr. Jan Lieder, Universität Freiburg, Prof. Dr. Patrick Velte, Leuphana Universität, Dr. Ingo Theusinger, Partner, NOERR (Moderation: Prof. Dr. Alexander Schall, Leuphana Universität)
18:00Get-together in the auditorium with finger food and drinks 
19:00End of Day I 


Day 2: The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligende Directive (CSDDD)

Morning session

9.30Welcome speech by Axel Halfmeier, Dean of the Faculty of Public Legal Affairs 
9.45 Keynote:Corporate Sustainability and Due DiligenceBeate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo
  Discussants: Axel Halfmeier, Leuphana University Lüneburg
11.30Enforcement and Liability Mechanisms for Environmental and Human Rights Duties - Options for Member StatesDeirde Ahern, Trinity College, Dublin
 Human Rights Due Diligence and National Law – the example of ItalyAndrea Vicari, Statale, Milano
13.00Lunch Break 

Afternoon panel sessions

14.00The two legs of civil liability for human rights violations in MS laws:
a) Parent liability for torts of subsidiaries or contractual parties and
b) Director liability for failure to control the supply chain

Panel speakers:

Iris Barsan, University of Paris XII Créteil, Hans de Wulf, University of Ghent, Lucian Bercea/Sorina Doroga, West University of Timisoara, Gregor Dugar, University of Ljublijana, Moncia Fuentes, Complutense University of Madrid, Thomas Hoffmann, Tallin University of Technology, Daniel Patek, Univerzita Karlova, Elke Napokoj, bvp-hügel, Vienna, Jan Lieder, University of Freiburg, Tomasz Sójka, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Anna Beckers, Maastricht University



17.30Wrap-up session and farewell noteAlexander Schall
18.00End of conference 



To keep important conferences like this one possible in the future and accessible to everyone without the financial burden of conference fees we appreciate your financial support. Donations for this purpose can be made with the following details:

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