Business & Human Rights

Human rights-based remedies have become increasingly important to international dispute resolution both in the context of investment arbitration and international litigation, including criminal law. New standards and national legislation focusing on human rights, environment, labour and corruption risks have emerged as public scrutiny of judges and arbitrators has increased. States and international businesses are well advised to assess, prevent and mitigate the adverse impact of these risks on their activities.

Building on decades of experience in public international law, human rights and international humanitarian law, white collar crime and compliance, our lawyers can help anticipate, advise on as well as, mitigate or remediate the impact of these risks.

We provide tailor-made solutions working together with states, businesses, experts and civil society organisations. We can provide advice on issues ranging from new international standards such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and related regulation in Switzerland, design programmes of human rights remediation in complex international disputes to litigating human rights-based claims.

We can add value in the following areas:

  • Representing the Qatar National Committee for Human Rights (QNHRC) in the claims pursued by private parties against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, following the sanctions imposed on against the State of Qatar and its nationals
  • Representing two Haitian victims of Duvalier’s regime in court proceedings relating to the enforcement of a US court judgment based on the Aliens Tort Act

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: EU and G7 sanctions test West’s resolve


IBA - International Bar Association website, 24 November 2022

Droit Suisse des sanctions et de la confiscation internationales

Sandrine Giroud, Héloïse Rordorf-Braun 2020

Helbing Lichtenhahn, 1st Edition, 2020

La responsabilité civile en procédure pénale militaire – Commentaire de l’arrêt de la Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme Bonal c/ Suisse (décision d’irrecevabilité n° 45158/14)

Grégoire Geissbühler, Luc-Alain Baumberger, 2018

CJN, 23 octobre 2018

Commentaire des articles 160 CP (recel), 179 CP (violation de secrets privés), 179bis CP (écoute et enregistrement de conversations entre d’autres personnes), 179ter (enregistrement non autorisé de conversations) et 179quater (violation du domaine secret ou du domaine privé au moyen d’un appareil de prise de vues)

Marc Henzelin, Maryam Massrouri, 2017

In: Macaluso, Moreillon, Queloz (Eds.), Commentaire Romand du Code pénal II (partie spéciale, art. 111-392 CP), Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2017, pages 528-556, 764-776, 776-786, 786-791, 791-800

When Does the Length of Criminal Proceedings Become Unreasonable According to the European Court of Human Rights?

Marc Henzelin, Héloïse Rordorf, 2014

New Journal of European Criminal Law, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 78-109

The International Criminal Court and the Libya Situation: Investigating Crimes against Humanity


European Parliament, Office of Franziska Brantner (Germany)