The International Bar Association (IBA) Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers is available for free download.
The IBA Council adopted the Guide at its mid-2016 meeting in Barcelona, Spain. The New Zealand Law Society is a member of the IBA.
The IBA says there is a growing awareness of the impact on and participation in human rights abuses by business.
"It is important for the IBA to support the profession to understand how business and human rights issues affect the practice of law and the implications for law firms."
The Guide contains information on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including their legal status and relevance to specific legal practice areas.
It also considers the opportunities which the Guiding Principles present for business lawyers and the issues they pose for law firms.