Government’s Role

Towards More Effective Engagement Between the EU and Non-State Actors on Human Rights

Speech, 03 July 2015

By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

On 3 July 2015, the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre (EU FRAME Project) convened an event to discuss more effective engagement between the European Union and non-state actors - businesses - on human rights. IHRB's Executive Director John Morrison was invited to make the keynote speech. He started by saying: 

"Thank you for the opportunity to speak this morning on such an important topic – how the world’s most effective regional inter-governmental organization engages with entities other than its member states on an issue fundamental to its own history and existence: the values of Europe itself as expressed by internationally recognized human rights. 

"The march of European leaders together in Paris in the days following the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo as well as the appalling suffering of migrants trying to reach Europe’s shores –or stranded between its internal borders – are two powerful reminders that human rights areno abstraction. The fortunes of European states and non-state actors are deeply intertwined."


Read the full speech here.

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